WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- One bill, one sentence, one massive feat.
“It says the Department of Education shall terminate on December 31, 2018," Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY-4) said.
Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie authored a controversial bill to eliminate the Department of Education. Massie said he wants to take the power away from the federal government and return it to the states.
“There are 4500 bureaucrats trying to dictate what our teacher sand how are teachers are teaching back in Kentucky," Massie added.
Massie believes his plan is appealing to lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. Republicans who don’t want government overreach and Democrats who don’t like Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. But not everyone in Massie’s own party is on board.
A spokes person for Kentucky Congressman Hal Rogers said "while Rogers believes there is room for drastic room for drastic improvement at the U.S. Department of Education, he does not agree that the entire department should be abolished."
“Anything can be improved upon but I guess would say that we should take that and look at it program by program which is what we did in the Obama administration," Carmel Martin, Executive Vice President for Policy at the Center for American Progress said.
Carmel Martin served as a senior advisor to Education Secretary Arne Duncan during the Obama administration. She said, without a DOE some students might not be able to get a higher education.
“Students in Kentucky, four year college students, would lose almost four million dollars worth of grants and loans in support for college," Martin added.
Martin doesn’t believe the bill will get very far and while President Trump campaigned on abolishing the department- he’s recently scaled back his position.