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Kline on President’s Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Proposal

Rep. John Kline (R-MN), chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, today released the following statement in response to the president’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget request:

The American people aren’t interested in continuing the same failed policies that have fostered an anemic economy, stagnant wages, and a lack of full-time jobs. Yet that’s precisely what the president’s budget would do. It doubles down on the false hope that the federal government – through more spending, more debt, and higher taxes – can create the prosperity our country needs. For more than seven years, this top-down approach hasn’t worked, and it would be foolish to keep trying.

The American people know there is a better way. Whether it’s strengthening higher education, creating good-paying jobs, or helping workers save for retirement, we need to empower individuals, not bureaucrats. That’s why House Republicans will continue to promote a positive agenda to do just that.

We recently enacted K-12 education reform that takes control out of Washington and puts it back in the hands of parents, teachers, and local education leaders. We now have a new law that will help all children receive the excellent education they deserve. Let’s apply this same approach to the many other challenges facing our country, so all Americans can once again have the opportunity to earn a lifetime of success.

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