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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buckstopshere's picture

The Department of Brainwashing.

bamawatson's picture

department of redundancy department

cheka's picture

kill that skype controlled pos.  nominee can manage the unwinding

J S Bach's picture

Practically all of the "Departments of Central Control" should be eliminated and their responsibilities be given to state and local municipalities.  THAT was what the Founders intended from the beginning.  The Federal Government really began to metastasize with the advent of the Federal Reserve counterfeiting apparatus and its umbilical 16th Amendment which gave the central government to power to tax citizens' income.

If we eliminate these two evil components, our foundering ship will begin to right itself quickly.

balolalo's picture

all political parties, oligarchs, shadow powers, and insidious forces have used the department as a political tool and education has suffered as a result. 

with lots of pork to go around.  

this might be something i could get on board with. 

techpriest's picture

Massie has been a stand-p guy his entire political career. Possibly the next Ron Paul. We need more like him.

Jim Sampson's picture

Funny thing... by waging war between left and right, us freedom loving, anti-government people are getting OUR way... without either side knowing. Let the sheeple fight!!!

Manthong's picture

Well, that escalated quickly…

But he is correct in saying “Unelected bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. should not be in charge of our children’s intellectual and moral development”. 

jcaz's picture

But.... But....  What will happen to all those Czars that were appointed???    How can anything work  without Czars?????

Buck Johnson's picture

No anymore, give states to much power they will become feifdoms of their own and I wouldn't be surprised if they would want to be their own nations. 


GUS100CORRINA's picture

America spends the most money per student than any other nation and what do we have for it?

We used to be 1st in the world, but now we are bringing up the rear.

It is time for a change. 60 Billions dollars is way, way too much and America is broke.


Tallest Skil's picture

Don't be a cuck. Use the real name or shut the fuck up about it, you coward.

HRClinton's picture

My God, have you hick whackos thought of the unintended consequences, that will come back to haunt you?

Or do y'all plan to home school, so that you can brainwash children with Creationism?  The earth will be 6,000 years old, and our ancestors rode dinosaurs? Funny as hell, if it weren't so naive, sad and reckless. 

Your Creator's picture

did your house build itself?

buckstopshere's picture

I am no hick.

I graduated from the finest schools and make multiples more than the average man or woman.

I can think for myself. More people should do the same. The public schools today are a joke. The recentering of the SAT (SAT score inflation) was a sign of things to come.

mtanimal's picture

You are a fucking ignorant retard. Or fucktard if you prefer.

Monty Cello's picture

I'm sure this is bait, but the public school system we run today is a joke. Standards are low, teachers get payed shit-all, capable students are slowly dragged through a 12-year cirriculum many could finish in half that time, and struggling students are the measuring stick by which standard are lowered and who, thus, receive no tailored help to get them out of their ruts.

The idea that abolishing the DoE is somehow analogous to destroying education is indicative of the typical inanity and vacuity of progressive philosphy and policy. Services do not completely fall apart if the federal government doesn't have them on life support while continuing to kidney shot them. States, municipalities, and private educators stand to improve them substantially - with possibly an even greater emphasis on secularism.

People aren't going to make money scamming people into creationism as a replacement for biology or geology. That sort of bullshit can't last, especially if it outputs the sort of engineers and researchers who can't compete for shit on the world stage.

ceilidh_trail's picture

So how are your dildo sales doing? Chelsea and bill touring the Northeast?


Twee Surgeon's picture

And not Christianity at all, do you understand that much ? If you think that is Christianity with it's 6000 years and Jesus on a Dinosaur then please expand on your alleged knowledge base and tell us more about what you seen on da T.Vee.

The first place the punk ass liars go to is Christianity, to misinform the masses about some dick head billy bob church of emptiness.

If you want to understand Christianity, then Knock and the door shall be opened, if you are sincere and possibly if you are not.

Truth gathers no Moths in its light for very long.


detached.amusement's picture

I find it ironic how much christians misunderstand christianity, the parallel to hillary's followers is the funniest part - wont do any reading on any bad aspects, excuses em all away saying its some conspiracy, goes straight to the compilation of dogma when asked questions...

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 11:25 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!!

buckstopshere's picture

Defund the Department of Education and return the money to the taxpayers so that they may use the funds in an appropriate manner.

The leftist teachers must go away.

cheka's picture

yeah.  it's the teachers' fault.  i like how they talk of failing skoolz.  when it's really failing students. 

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 8, 2017 12:00 AM

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 8, 2017 12:00 AM

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.