Education

Democrats are committed to ensuring all Americans have access to a high-quality education. If our nation is going to remain the world’s leader, we must not lag our global competitors in education. Democrats are focused on making higher education and skills training more accessible, reducing high school dropout rates, and providing students with the support they need to secure well-paying jobs. 

From day one, the Trump Administration has undermined protections for and disinvested in America’s students.  President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposes to cut teacher training and literacy programs and reduces funding for the schools and communities most in need. Congressional Republicans have also proposed extreme funding bills that dramatically cut education and job training programs, threatening our ability to build a competitive workforce and help more Americans find good-paying work.

Democrats are fighting to protect families from these harmful cuts and have a strong record of making investments that will strengthen education. During the worst of the Great Recession, Democrats helped prevent 300,000 layoffs of teachers and other important school personnel across our nation - layoffs that would have crowded our classrooms and harmed the quality of our kids’ education. We also helped save additional jobs across the country when Congress approved additional aid for K-12 educators in 2010.

While Republicans voted to cut Pell grants, which would affect nearly 10 million students, Democrats have been committed to making higher education more accessible and affordable for students. During the 111th Congress, under a Democratic majority, Democrats increased Pell grants, cut red tape in the loan process and made it easier to repay student loans once students join the workforce. We enacted a major reform bill that ended wasteful taxpayer subsidies to big banks and directed the savings to helping students instead. Democrats also made record investments in community colleges and minority-serving higher education institutions.

Education Related
One week before the anniversary of the tragic shooting at Majority Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) met with Stand with Parkland, a national organization founded by families of students and teachers killed in the shooting. 
2/7/19
I want to thank Ranking Member Bobby Scott of the House Education and Workforce Committee for his leadership on the ‘Aim Higher’ agenda and for introducing the Aim Higher Act, which I strongly support. 
7/24/18
Thank you Congressman Scott not only for leading this along with Ranking Member, and soon to be Chairman, Nadler of the Judiciary Committee.
5/17/18
Mr. Speaker, on March 24, I was in Morristown, New Jersey with former Assistant U.S. Attorney Mikie Sherrill, where we attended the March For Our Lives. 
5/9/18
The proposals unveiled by the White House today reflect the mistaken view that this is only a problem affecting schools and that arming teachers is an acceptable solution.
3/12/18
Last week, Congressional Republicans allowed funding to lapse on vital student loans for low income and first generation students.
10/6/17

Today, House Democrats launched a bold new initiative to strengthen higher education access and affordability for the twenty-first century.

5/15/17

Today, House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) and Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) introduced HR 2285, the School-Based Respiratory Health Management Act, legislation that encourages states to help ensure students with reversible lower airway disorders, such as asthma, have assistance at school with managing their chronic disease and can excel in any environment.

5/2/17

Don’t just take our word for it – a look at the headlines shows that we aren’t the only ones who thought the President’s speech was long on empty rhetoric and short on substance:

Roll Call: In Joint Address, Trump Offers Congress Few Policy Details

3/1/17

Tonight, President Trump stood before the United States Congress and gave a speech long on rhetoric but short on any real policy agenda.  

2/28/17

I am deeply disappointed by the Trump Administration's decision to rescind important protections for transgender students. 

2/22/17

When Congress first passed the legislation that would become known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and in subsequent reauthorizations, the intent of lawmakers was clear: that students with disabilities deserve a meaningful and material education benefit, not just a bare minimum of effort from school districts.  

11/21/16

Hi – I’m Steny Hoyer, the Democratic Whip in the House of Representatives. I’m proud to join you in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.

 

9/14/16

As we mark Hunger Action Month, the Task Force was pleased to welcome Alice Waters to join us for a discussion on child nutrition and access to healthy food.

9/13/16

House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the Supreme Court upheld the admissions policy of the University of Texas at Austin.

6/23/16

House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on the one-hundredth anniversary of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). 

5/10/16

As our friends in the press get ready to cover Speaker Ryan’s town hall with millennials at Georgetown University this afternoon, your ever-helpful Whip press shop has put together a few questions you could ask the Speaker:

4/27/16

Today, President Obama unveiled his budget for Fiscal Year 2017, which reduces the deficit and puts debt on a sustainable path while laying out a vision for how we can give every American a fair shot at economic security; accelerate American innovation; and keep Americans safe.

2/9/16

House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2017 Budget. 

2/9/16

Wanted to make sure you saw today's op-ed in The Hill by House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) on President Obama's final State of the Union Address.

1/15/16

“Tonight, President Obama reminded Congress and the nation that what makes America great is the spirit of service and hard work that manifests from realizing we are all bound together by a common cause. ...

1/12/16

As we begin the new year and the Second Session of the 114th Congress, newly elected Speaker Paul Ryan has an opportunity to turn the page on the bitter partisanship of the past few years and show that he is willing to work across the aisle to get things done for the American people.  The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that “House Speaker Paul Ryan starting this month will push to turn the chamber into a platform for ambitious Republican policy ideas.”  But evidence points to the contrary, with the first items on the House’s agenda for 2016 being the sixty-second vote to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act, the eleventh vote to attack women’s health, and several bills that would undermine consumer safety, workplace safety, and environmental protections.  House Republican leaders know these bills will never become law, yet they continue to pander to the far right with political messaging bills instead of bringing substantive, bipartisan legislation to the Floor. It is also unfortunate that Speaker Ryan has already taken issues such as comprehensive immigration reform and an expansion of paid family and medical leave off of the table. 

1/8/16

I was proud to be on hand today as President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law, which includes a provision I authored to encourage the wider adoption of the full-service community schools model. 

12/10/15

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement after the Senate passed the Every Student Succeeds Act, which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and includes Full-Service Community Schools:

12/9/15