|Washington, D.C. – United States Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyoming, said the Senate should focus on getting students and teachers what they need instead of spending another day or week playing political games.
Enzi's comments came today during debate on the Education appropriations bill currently on the Senate floor.
Enzi, a senior member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said Democrats are skewing facts about education funding in an attempt to win political points and make Republicans look like they are short changing children.
"The President can't be accused of cutting education spending because he asked for less than the fully authorized amount when Democrats have done the same thing," said Enzi. "When the Senate was controlled by the Democrats last year, my colleagues approved a bill that left a gap between appropriations and the fully authorized amounts, and it has now become unacceptable in their eyes to fund No Child Left Behind at less than the fully authorized levels. In Wyoming we have a lot of expressions we use to describe that kind of behavior, but the only one that I can probably use on the floor of the Senate is double-talk."
Enzi's statement from the Senate floor follows.
U.S. Senator Mike Enzi