Congressman Rooney Sponsors Bill to Cut Wasteful Government Programs

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Francis Rooney introduced legislation to eliminate wasteful government spending programs currently existing within the Department of Education. The bill, H.R. 3957, would repeal Title VIII of the Higher Education Opportunity Act. This repeal will remove the ability to fund dozens of special interest programs, resulting in smaller government and less spending.    

Congressman Rooney stated. “Eliminating waste and cutting government spending is one of the main reasons the voters sent me to Washington. Title VIII established numerous narrowly focused carve-outs and special interest programs that, although currently not funded, have been appropriated and are on the books. We must remove the temptation to fully fund the millions of dollars these programs could receive, by eliminating them completely.”  

The bill would repeal Title VIII of the Higher Education Opportunity Act and title VIII of the Higher Education Act of 1965. Francis Rooney is the U.S. Representative for Florida’s 19th congressional district. He serves on the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and previously served as U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See under President George W. Bush from 2005 to 2008.

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