Federal Legislation
February 28, 2011

S. 162—“Cut Federal Spending Act of 2011”

Action Requested:
No action is requested at this time. HSLDA will continue to monitor this bill and will send out an action elert if the bill comes up for a hearing.

Summary:
This legislation, if enacted, would cut $500 billion in federal spending in fiscal year 2011.

Status:

1/25/2011Introduced
1/26/2011Read the second time and placed on the calendar

Sponsor: Senator Rand Paul (KY)

Bill Summary and Status S. 162

HSLDA’s Position:
Support

Talking Points:
The “Cut Federal Spending Act of 2011” eliminates $500 billion of spending in all areas and branches of the federal government.

HSLDA supports this bill specifically due to its defunding of all Department of Education programs except the Pell grant program. HSLDA believes that the Constitution does not give the federal government any authority to set education policy for states and local governments. We believe that our founders intended education decisions to be left to the parents and state and local governments.

Historically, education was never a federal government responsibility, and until the last half of the previous century, it was completely left in the hands of state and local governments. As can be seen with the successes of homeschooling, education flourishes when parents and teachers have the freedom to cater to the individual students needs. Education should be as decentralized as possible. Cutting many of these federal funds would cut centralized federal funds from interfering in education reform at the state and local level.

The “Cut Federal Spending Act of 2011” would also defund the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Due to the large interest in the CPSC from our members (due to its banning of old books which could contain lead, and similar issues) HSLDA supports this as well.

For more information, please see the following links.

 Other Resources

“Federal Regulators Delay Testing of Children’s Products”

“Commission Announces Major Changes to Child Product Safety Rules”