$49.9 billion (for a total of $53.1 billion). Specific increases included $1.4 billion increases for Title I (for atotal of $11.7 billion) and IDEA special education (for a total of $8.9 billion). The bill also increasedinvestments for Teacher Quality (increase from $2.85 billion to $2.93 billion) and Math-Science programs(increase from $12.5 million to $100.3 million). The bill passed 338-83.[ Roll Call 32, S 2, 02/13/2003 ]
Paul Ryan Voted For Across-The-Board Cut To Education Initiatives.
In 1999, Ryan voted for theconference report on the fiscal 2000 DC/Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill, which would make anacross-the-board cut of 0.97 percent to the agencies it funded. President Clinton pledged a veto because of the damage he said the spending cuts would inflict on schools and other programs.[ Roll Call 549, H 3064,10/28/1999;AP, 10/28/99]
Paul Ryan Opposed Fiscally Responsible FY 2009 Budget With $85.3 Billion for Education.
In 2008,Paul Ryan voted against a budget resolution that would establish the congressional budget for FY 2009. Theresolution would call for expenditures of $3.1 trillion and would allow up to $1 trillion in discretionary spending, plus $70 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and $5.8 billion for hurricane recovery. Thebill would also include $85.3 billion for education, training, employment and social services, an amount that was $7.1 billion more than President Bush had requested.[ Roll Call 141, S 312, 03/13/2008;Congressional
Summary of the 2009 Democratic Budget,
House Committee on the Budget, 3/11/08]
Ryan Opposed Reauthorization of Higher Education Act.
In 2008, Ryan voted against a bill that wouldreauthorize the Higher Education Act through fiscal 2012, including a wide range of post-secondary programs, including student loans and teacher training. The measure would raise the maximum Pell grantaward from $5,800 to $9,000 and allow the grants to be used year-round. A major provision includedincreasing the amount of information that schools and lenders must provide students and barring lendersfrom giving schools any perks to get on a
list. It would also create a
higher educationprice index
to compare tuition increases. The bill also would allow the federal government to penalize statesthat substantially decrease their contributions to public colleges and universities. The bill passed 354-58[ RollCall 40, H 4137, 02/07/2008;Congressional Quarterly Weekly, 2/09/08]
Ryan Voted to Sustain Bush Veto on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations.
In 2007, Ryan voted against an override of President Bush
s veto of the bill to appropriate$150.7 billion in fiscal 2008 for the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education andrelated agencies. The legislation provided $63.6 billion for the Education Department, including $14.5 billionfor Pell Grants; $15 billion for the Labor Department, including $3.6 billion for training and employmentservices; and $30 billion for the National Institutes of Health. The veto override failed, 277-141.[ Roll Call1122, H 3043, 11/15/2007;Congressional Quarterly]
Ryan Opposed FY08 Budget that Invested in Education, Innovation Agenda.
In 2007, Ryan votedagainst the fiscal year 2008 budget conference report that began to reverse six years of Republican fiscalmismanagement, provided for middle-class tax relief and would return the budget to balance
reaching asurplus of $41 billion in 2012
without raising taxes. The budget provided $9.5 billion more for education,training, and social services than President Bush requested, including funding for No Child Left Behindprograms, special education, and aid to help students afford college. The budget also increased funding forHead Start and child care while funding the House Democratic innovation agenda, putting us on a path todouble funding for the National Science Foundation and providing significant increases in K-12 math andscience education. The budget passed 214-209[ Roll Call 377, S 21, 05/17/2007;House Budget Committee,
Overview of FY2008 Budget Conference Agreement, 5/16/07, SCR 21, House Budget Committee,Conference Agreement on the FY 2008 Budget Resolution: Building on the
Ryan Supported Higher Education Funding Bill that Did Not Make College More Affordable.
In2006, Ryan voted in favor of a bill authorizing funds for higher education aid. The measure would simplify the financial aid application and make Pell Grants, the major grant that helps low- and middle-income