Federal Legislation
March 23, 2011

H.R. 408—“Spending Reduction Act of 2011”

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Summary:
This legislation, if enacted, would reduce federal spending by $2.5 trillion through fiscal year 2021.

Status:

1/24/2011Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committees on Natural Resources, Transportation and Infrastructure, the Budget, Rules, Appropriations, Agriculture, House Administration, Education and the Workforce, Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, Financial Services, the Judiciary, and Science, Space, and Technology, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
3/23/2011Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises.

Sponsor: Representative Jim Jordan (OH-4)

Bill Summary and Status H.R. 408

HSLDA’s Position:
Support.

Talking Points:
H.R. 408 cuts $2.5 trillion in federal government spending through 2021. H.R. 408 would change the baseline in discretionary spending, repeal certain stimulus provisions, limit the number of civilian employees in the executive branch, and cut various federal programs.

Section 506 would cut a significant amount of funds going towards federal involvement in education, including cutting funds from some early education programs.

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.