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DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSMEN FROM
BY DONNA GARNER
Democratic Congressmen Chet Edwards and Lloyd Doggett (along with other Democrats) have shown their true colors.
Not only did they and their Democratic cronies attach more than $20 billion in domestic spending provisions to the supplemental war-spending bill (H. R. 4899 passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on 7.1.10), but they attached Amendment #2 that is specifically focused on Texas as an attempt to take revenge on Texas Republican Gov. Perry and Commissioner of Education Robert Scott.
GOV. RICK PERRY AND EDUCATION COMMISSIONER ROBERT SCOTT -- TARGETED BY DEMOCRATS
Gov. Perry and Commissioner Scott were wise enough to recognize the dangers presented to
National standards → national tests → national curriculum → teachers' salaries tied to students' test scores → teachers teaching to the test each and every day → federal indoctrination of our public school children
Now Gov. Perry and Commissioner Scott have a target on their backs.
CONGRESSMAN CHET EDWARDS AND LLOYD DOGGETT -- PLAYING POLITICS WITH SCHOOL FUNDING
Democratic Congressmen Chet Edwards and Lloyd Doggett added Amendment #2 to H. R. 4899 that will keep
Amendment #2 states, in order for Texas to qualify for the $800 million for the public schools, Gov. Perry would have to guarantee that state legislators would have to appropriate school funding that would equal or exceed current funding for the next three fiscal years (through 2013) .
First problem: The Texas Constitution does not give a Governor the authority to tell the legislature how to spend its appropriations.
Second problem: The Governor does not have the Constitutional authority to bind future legislators to explicit appropriations amounts.
EDWARDS AND DOGGETT -- USURPING
What Democrats Edwards and Doggett have done is to attach an amendment to federal legislation that usurps the authority of the Constitution of the state of
Even if the two unconstitutional problems were resolved,
According to current data provided by the Texas Education Agency, 852 school districts would get less funding than they would receive through the state's current funding formulas.
This means that 852 public schools would actually lose money if
BIGGEST IRONY OF ALL -- EDWARDS AND DOGGETT HURT OWN
Here’s the biggest irony of all: Under Amendment #2, the public schools in Congressman Chet Edwards’ District 17 would lose $7,448,696. Congressman Lloyd Doggett’s school districts would lose $2,407,276.
[I can hardly wait until the school superintendents in those Congressional districts learn what their Congressmen have done to them.]
CONGRESSMAN DOGGETT’S "BEEF"
Last year, Congressman Lloyd Doggett complained loudly that the $3.2 billion Stimulus funds should have gone to the public schools and that instead the money was kept in the Rainy Day Fund.
Is Doggett’s contention accurate?
GOV. PERRY’S CONCERNS WITH STIMULUS FUNDS
From the very beginning, Gov. Perry said
Gov. Perry warned on 2.17.09 (Houston Chronicle):
DID TEXAS PUBLIC SCHOOLS GET THEIR SHARE OF STIMULUS FUNDS?
On 7.20.09, the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts said that the federal Stimulus law sent
A billion went for low-interest school construction bonds, renovation, and land purchases; and another $2.2 billion was sent to school districts for special education or at-risk students. The Stimulus money was not to be used by schools for maintenance costs.
The final $3.2 billion of the Stimulus money is what the Legislature used to plug budgetary holes.
Austin ISD received about $41 million over two years, and around $39 million was given to other
Were there definite accountability rules built into the Stimulus funds? In today’s Dallas Morning News, it was reported that school districts were allowed to use up to $25,000 of the Stimulus funds with no federal reporting; unfortunately, it is almost impossible to track those funds.
Michael Q. Sullivan of Empower Texans recently reported on May 19, 2010:
EDWARDS AND DOGGETT -- NO GROUNDS FOR COMPLAINTS
I see no reason for Democrat Congressmen Edwards and Doggett to fault
EDWARDS, DOGGETT AND “POLITICAL THEATER”
Obviously Amendment #2 was written to create political theater in an election year where Democrats Bill White, Congressman Chet Edwards, and Congressman Lloyd Doggett are on the November ballot.
Republican Bill Flores is a well-qualified, conservative candidate running against Chet Edwards, and Gov. Perry has a very successful record on which to base his re-election. Conservative physician Donna Campbell is running against Lloyd Doggett.
I would say that all three -- White, Edwards, and Doggett -- have reasons to worry about Nov. 2, 2010.
Because the House legislation is different from the bill previously passed in the Senate, H. R. 4899 must go back to the Senate for final approval. The Senate will not take up the bill until July 12th because legislators will be attending Sen. Robert Byrd’s funeral.
Please write to Senators Cornyn and Hutchison and ask them not to vote for H. R. 4899 with the egregious Amendment #2 attached.
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