House Republican Introduces Bill To Abolish Dept. Of Education On Same Day DeVos Confirmed To Run It

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In a slight bit of irony, a Republican Representative from the state of Kentucky, Thomas Massie, introduced H.R. 899, a bill written to abolish the Department of Education in it's entirety, on the same day that Vice President Pence cast the unprecedented, tie-breaking vote to confirm that department's new Secretary, Betsy DeVos

Apparently Massie is "in to the whole brevity thing" as the entire bill consists of a single sentence:

"The Department of Education shall terminate on December 31, 2018."

We wonder how many legal hours were billed by expensive D.C. attorneys in the drafting this legislation?



Massie provided a little more insight in a press release that included comments from some of the bill's seven other Republicans sponsors, including: House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (Utah) and Reps. Justin Amash (Mich.), Andy Biggs (Ariz.), Matt Gaetz (Fla.), Jody Hice (Ga.), Walter Jones (N.C.) and Raúl Labrador (Idaho).

Department of Education shall terminate on December 3On the day of Betsy DeVos’ scheduled Senate confirmation for Secretary of Education, Massie said, “Neither Congress nor the President, through his appointees, has the constitutional authority to dictate how and what our children must learn."


Massie added, "Unelected bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. should not be in charge of our children’s intellectual and moral development. States and local communities are best positioned to shape curricula that meet the needs of their students. Schools should be accountable. Parents have the right to choose the most appropriate educational opportunity for their children, including home school, public school, or private school."


“For years, I have advocated returning education policy to where it belongs - the state and local level,” said Rep. Walter Jones, an original co-sponsor.  “D.C. bureaucrats cannot begin to understand the needs of schools and its students on an individual basis. It is time that we get the feds out of the classroom, and terminate the Department of Education.”


“I’ve always been a proponent of empowering parents, teachers and local school boards who best know our children and their needs," said Rep. Raul Labrador, another original co-sponsor. "Eliminating the U.S. Department of Education is the most important step we in Congress can take in returning decision making to the local level.”


"Education of our students should lie primarily with parents, teachers, and state and local officials who know how to meet their individual needs best," said freshman Rep. Andy Biggs. "Since its inception, the Department of Education has grown into an unrecognizable federal beast, and its policies have helped foster Common Core across the country. It is time the one-size-fits-all approach by the federal government is ended and authority is returned to the local level."

Well, this is awkward...the only thing that would be more awkward would be if the person taking over the Department had previously been the one to call for it's abolishment...oh wait, that happened.

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Bill of Rights's picture

There is a god!! Make it so.

max2205's picture

The Republicans finally get 3 branchs and they can't stop acting like retards 

Elco the Constitutionalist's picture
Elco the Constitutionalist (not verified) max2205 Feb 7, 2017 10:25 PM

The house and senate are both part of the legislative branch.

Or do you mean to imply that Republicans control the judiciary? that would be an ridiculous assertion.

Mustafa Kemal's picture


"Or do you mean to imply that Republicans control the judiciary? "

That appears to be on the agenda. Coming soon.

1980XLS's picture

This is how real retardation starts.


Denial, just like T-A-R-D

Trump Acceptance Resistance Disorder.

enfield0916's picture

Cunt-I-Cut - what a God damn fucking shit hole that state is! Illegals get preference at the DMV over legal residents and citizens - wait time for a written test - 30 to 45 days. Wait, don't be shocked, I have stuff that will make you fall off your chair. Since they have SO MANY illegals that the local police siad they can't keep up, the wait time for a drive test - 3 to 5 MONTHS!

I packed my bags and moved out in 2015, lived in 7 states over the past 10 years but Cunt-I-Cut is THE WORST!

They have a VIEW TAX on properties that have an nice view out the window, like a beach or a lake or a mountain.

IntercoursetheEU's picture

About time, education happens locally in Trump's America. The Liberal-Globalist power grab isn't there to sell rights to equalize everything online, the true purpose behind Common Core.

ebworthen's picture

Kill it! 

Only been there since 1975; ring a bell about when the U.S. started to go down the shitter?

Anon2017's picture

Try 1979.

Rick Perry was talking about the Department of Energy not the Department of Education, although I doubt that he knows much about nuclear power.

Much of the problem related to public education can be traced to baby mamas having babies they cannot support and are not qualified to raise. As Republicans continue to chip away at Roe v. Wade and family planning, they will only make the problem worse. 

If Trump's cabinet picks are any indication of what we can expect from the administration in the next four years, a lot of working class Americans who voted for Trump are going to have buyer's remorse, sooner rather than later. 

Wouldn't it have made more sense to appoint Ben Carson, a retired surgeon, to head up the Department of Health and Human Services instead of giving him HUD?




Houses Depreciate's picture

There really is a God. 


God bless America. God bless President Donald Trump.

Lonesome Crow's picture

So she runs it until the end of 2018 and then it is terminated. Seems like they would both have their wishes gratified. Whats the problem?

fockewulf190's picture

Great idea. Shrink the Federal Govt. as much as possible. Get rid of the EPA as well. One bloated establishment after the next....send everything possible back to the States. Don't forget the State Dept. either. There are a shitload of Embassies out there that can be shut down and replaced with online services and secure video links. The debt is too fucking high and the spending out of control. Downsize this bitch pronto!

Ex-Oligarch's picture

Exactly.  Geez, Tylers, there is nothing "ironic" or "awkward" about this.  DeVos wants to wind down the DOE.  The Republicans want to give her the authority to do just that.

scv's picture

500 years of fake ivy league news

Lynx Dogood's picture

Was created when I was a kid by Carter. Nightmare since! End the crap!!

directaction's picture

Quick Poll:
<--- I believe local districts and the states, not the US government, should educate children.
<--- I an a liberal piece of filthy trash, the very scum of the Earth.  

Midas's picture

Can I get back to you?  I won't know the answer until I watch Maddow tonight.

FreeNewEnergy's picture

I am the downvote. I had to, for diversity.


And climate change.


And LGBTQ people.


And the whales.


And Jamie Dimon. I mean, why not?

Fathead Slim's picture
Fathead Slim (not verified) directaction Feb 7, 2017 11:00 PM

CC just downvoted your poll.

Mustafa Kemal's picture

I couldnt figure out how to upvote and downvote at the same time

man of Wool's picture

I voted you up because I am a "Creationist". 

JLee2027's picture

Nearly 2 years? Why so long? Close it next Monday.

CrankyCurmudgeon's picture

Because it would be a clusterfuck that would make half the parents with kids in public schools right now vote Democrat for the next 20 years. And if the Repubs rammed through that kind of a disaster, they would totallly deserve it.

Fathead Slim's picture
Fathead Slim (not verified) CrankyCurmudgeon Feb 7, 2017 11:00 PM

Watch out. I hear that the pubes are about to ram through a bill to fuck you in the ass in public every Thursday until you die. They know who you are.

Yars Revenge's picture

Thomas Massie is awesome.

wisehiney's picture

They have fought decentralization of education tooth and nail.

They love DC control for the indoctrination opportunity.

They love DC control for the corruption opportunity.

They love DC control for the political advantage.

They fear decentralization because it would quickly prove all of their failings.

Insomnant's picture

Just say 'Jews' when you're talking about Jews.


Awareness is becoming more widespread than you might think- and hiding behind codewords isn't going to contribute to that.

coast1's picture

I am for it...seems Ron Paul might be happy...I am....

off topic but I have three great videos for you if you havnt seen them...each is short, all three add up to less than 5 minutes...

bill clinton and obama on borders....hillary on borders....and gumballs...  5 minutes of xcellence..they should be made viral..thx


bill clinton and obama:


shankster's picture

Love it! Dump the DOE overboard.

nsurf9's picture

Great start. Now, how 'bout a government we can afford ! ! !

PS:  Give me a Spielberg, Gates or Jobs, a good teacher with great lesson plans and the internet - and, you could teach virtually anyone on the planet any subject for likely less than $20 bucks, if not free. 

You could, if you had to, also dramatically reduce the number of teachers and school buildings and, - - - even be paid to learn!

Study when you want, or as much, rewind, replay, drill-down into other germain subjects - all the way from home school and high school thru graduate school. 

One thing will, sooner than later, become certain - - - our country cannot afford to have its people uneducated.

Davidduke2000's picture

First the new secretary has to fire all liberals from schools and universities, second order the deprogramming of kids who were subject to indoctrination .

shankster's picture

Going all the way back to the 1970's.

shankster's picture

De-fund the DOE.

Elco the Constitutionalist's picture
Elco the Constitutionalist (not verified) Feb 7, 2017 10:23 PM

They introduce a lot of bills that have no chance of passing. It would be nice if we could give them credit for advancing the ideas, but I have doubts about their sincerity.

Would they really propose these bills if they thought they could pass? I doubt it.

Many departments should be ended. The Fed should be abolished. Or we could just let it all build until civilization is destroyed.

nekten's picture

"Would they really propose these bills if they thought they could pass?"

Yeah, Massie would. Amash too, for sure. And probably Jones.

Elco the Constitutionalist's picture
Elco the Constitutionalist (not verified) nekten Feb 7, 2017 10:55 PM

There are always a few good men in the House. They usually don't last long.

And by few, I literally mean a hand full.

shovelhead's picture

How will the teachers know who stays after school for detention without the DOE?

shankster's picture

Who'll drive the short bus for the libs?

yttirum's picture

That pool is pretty shallow to source from, considering the geriatric nature of the demo party. Even Shanikwa at the DMV wouldn't allow them alzy patients on the road.

Antifaschistische's picture

but, but, but...who will fund the "special ed" programs designed to shelter the academic record of our star high school football players.

...and no, of course I'm not just talking about Katy high..

yttirum's picture

I totally thought this was the plan with DeVos to begin with. I think she is there to smoothly deconstruct the system and make sure the states have all their shit together before the recking ball is ordered.

skunzie's picture

I am completely in favor of this.  Return education to the states.  Since the DofEd was created, our standing against other nations of the world have fallen.  To me it's pathetic what has happened to our educational system.  Let each state decide education's role and fate.  If education is important for your residents, go for it.

HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) Feb 7, 2017 10:26 PM

Woo hoo! Kill the Dept. of Ed! Kill it now!

shankster's picture

But who'll teach E-bonics?

Fathead Slim's picture
Fathead Slim (not verified) shankster Feb 7, 2017 10:57 PM

The example used for teaching ebonics was a kid in Charlotte who was quoted as saying:

"Time I fine out what she talkin bout she be done flonk me."

I shit you not. I read it in the Charlotte Observer in the '80s.

Archive_file's picture

You think that quote was accidentally put in the paper?

just the tip's picture

back between '94 and '97, i spent a lot of time in south korea.  they were changing over and adding to their electrical power generation facilities from using bunker oil to natural gas.

our sales rep's wife taught at what was described to me to be like in the US a community college.  one day, i noticed in the english print paper, a ad for english speaking people.  the gist of it was, it was a course in conversational english, for people who had taken a course in english as a second language.  but they had no practical skill in using the words and/or phrases that they had learned.  so they wanted an english speaking person to come into class, and for about an hour, three times a week, sit up in front of the class and just talk.

about a week later, our sales rep was going to take us out to a fancy restaurant in seoul, "the muse".  his wife was going to come into town to bring him some proper attire and us and him were going to change at our hotel and then go out.  so while we were making the hand off of clothes and going through introductions, i asked our rep if he could ask his wife about the program i had noticed.  she knew all about it.  so asked him to ask her where they got their english speaking people.  and just like i thought.  they were getting american GIs.  i asked her where were the GIs from and she said "black ones".  and i repeated where were they from.  and she said california.  i didn't ask here anymore questions because i knew she wouldn't know.  but i knew.  and now you do.  these koreans were being taught conversational english by blacks from south central LA.

i kid you not.

2hangmen's picture

I like the cut of this guy's jib.