FACT SHEET: House Republican Funding Bill Denies Education and Training Opportunities for Students and Job Seekers at All Stages of Life

July 21, 2023
Press Release

Republicans are kicking more than 224,000 teachers from classrooms, reducing Head Start services for 51,000 children, eliminating Federal Work Study for 659,000 students, and denying job training and employment services for hundreds of thousands of people.

Ranking Member DeLauro discussed these cuts today with education leaders in Connecticut.

WASHINGTON — The House Republican 2024 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education bill, and its 28 percent cut of $64 billion, portends their intent to end public education in America and eliminate job opportunities for young adults and working families.

“When 161 House Republicans voted earlier this year to eliminate all K-12 funding at the Department of Education, I was horrified, but that was just the beginning. Now, in the midst of a teacher shortage, they have introduced a bill that would kick 224,000 teachers from classrooms. We are witnessing a widespread attack on education at all levels that should horrify all of us,” Appropriations Committee and Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee Ranking Member Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03) said. “From preschool to Federal Work Study to financial aid to job training programs, regardless of age or stage in life, this bill means you cannot count on the government for any help. These awful cuts will make it very hard for people and should not even be considered by the full Appropriations Committee.”

Ranking Member DeLauro discussed these cuts today with education leaders in Connecticut.

The extreme House Republican bill would:

  • Reduce services for young children. The bill will eliminate access to early childhood education for 51,000 children through cuts to Head Start.
     
  • Kick teachers out of classrooms. Under this bill, during a severe nationwide teacher shortage, 224,000 teachers could be removed from classrooms serving low-income students due to House Republican cuts to Title I.
     
  • Eliminate services for English learners. The House Republican bill eliminates federal support for vital academic services for 5,131,000 English learners through the elimination of English Language Acquisition (Title III).
     
  • Eliminate Federal Work Study. The bill eliminates Federal Work Study for the 659,000 students who need it to help finance a postsecondary education, limiting their potential earnings and future success in the job market.
     
  • Eliminate need-based financial aid. The House Republican bill takes away need-based financial aid for 1,666,000 students through the elimination of Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG).
     
  • Eliminate youth employment opportunities. The bill eliminates WIOA Youth Job Training, which would deny job training and employment services for 126,000 youth who face barriers to finding a good paying job.
     
  • Eliminate adult employment opportunities. The bill eliminates WIOA Adult Job Training, which would deny job training and employment services for 294,000 adults who face barriers to finding a good paying job.

See below how these cuts would impact students and job seekers in each state:

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