Senators Cruz, Paul, Rubio — Here’s Your Chance

As the field of Republican presidential hopefuls narrows, the remaining candidates seek to distinguish themselves from the pack. They need an issue about which millions of grassroots citizens are passionate and that pits the grassroots against the establishment so as to capture the zeitgeist of this political season. Especially helpful would be an issue that so directly affects the well-being of children that grassroots parents would crawl over broken glass, as they say, to support the candidate who champions it. Senator Cruz, Senator Paul, Senator Rubio – here’s your issue. Yesterday, under the leadership of Speaker Paul Ryan and his

Obamacare 2.0? Congress Just Passed a Controversial Bill With Almost No Public Input

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday night despite a promise from Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) that he would not push bills through Congress without providing a realistic time for public analysis and input. ESSA’s text was finally made public this past Monday, with the House voting on the 1,000+ page bill just two days later. Chairman Kline was correct when he said this bill was not a perfect bill. The gains that leadership points to in the bill are largely illusory. This bill has grave defects that are of real concern to

Republican Leadership Prepares to Ram Massive Education Bill Through Congress

Just a few weeks ago, Speaker Ryan promised not to ram through thousand-page bills without allowing realistic public analysis and input. But with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which would reauthorize the failed No Child Left Behind, Speaker Ryan is already breaking his promise. The House and Senate bills that resulted in the ESSA “compromise” were rushed through those chambers with little allowance for public input. Then, a hastily appointed conference committee rushed through its rubber-stamping in a matter of hours. Now ESSA is being put to a House vote — only two days after the 1,061-page bill that

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