Federal Legislation
February 28, 2011

S. 178—“Spending Reduction Act of 2011”

Action Requested:
HSLDA encourages you to contact your senators and tell them your thoughts on S. 178. To find your senators’ contact information, please use HSLDA’s Legislative Toolbox.

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

Status:

1/5/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Sponsor: Senator Jim DeMint (SC)

Bill Summary and Status S. 178

HSLDA’s Position:
Support.

Talking Points:
S. 178 cuts $2.5 trillion in federal government spending through 2021. S. 178 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 federal funding for education programs, 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.