Today, Education and the Workforce Committee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) issued the following statement regarding President Biden's FY 2024 budget proposal:
"President Biden’s budget is a fiscal disaster that will dig our nation further into unsurmountable debt. The President is once again calling for reckless spending for the Department of Labor, Department of Education, and the Department of Health and Human Services, indicating that he has no interest in reining in these agencies or making them accountable to America’s students, workers, and taxpayers.
“The Department of Education’s budget includes half a trillion in additional debt from unauthorized spending for the President’s radical student loan agenda, $120 billion in mandatory dollars for his free college fantasy, and an additional $90 billion in discretionary funding—$100 million of which calls for community grants ‘to promote racial and socioeconomic diversity in their schools.’ Students fell behind during the pandemic because of prolonged school closures, yet this administration is peddling woke politics and more of the same bloated policies that hurt students’ academic growth.
“The budget calls for $1.5 billion more in discretionary spending for the Department of Labor than it received last year, a tacit nod of approval by the President that DOL can continue skirting real accountability to taxpayers. The $376 million requested for the NLRB further proves that Biden is in the pocket of Big Labor interests—much to the dismay of job creators on Main Street America.
“Finally, the budget includes $600 billion for a socialist takeover over child care.
“We must cut our bloated bureaucracy and develop a budget that is accountable to the American people. I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to reject this irresponsible budget proposal and work towards a more fiscally responsible and effective approach to education and administration of workforce laws."