The CHOICE Act also expands Washington, D.C.’s Opportunity Scholarship Program, a premier national experiment in providing school choice for underprivileged students. This program spends just under $8,500 per student— compared to almost $21,000 per student in D.C. public schools—and yields a 97 percent graduation rate, compared to a district-wide rate of only 56 percent.
Democrats had plenty of time to show their true colors during the nearly 15-hour event. The Senate majority leader Harry Reid showed how intolerant they truly are. They showed how oblivious they are to what is a truly pressing issue today: dealing with the burgeoning debt that is so harmful to the U.S. economy. They showed how desperate they are to convince Republicans they’re wrong to focus on energy production and job creation. They showed that they have no idea what Americans really care about: the economy and jobs.
For once, however, Moscow’s belligerence might actually advance America’s national interests.
New START is flawed beyond repair, and places Washington at a considerable geopolitical disadvantage. Therefore, the U.S. should withdraw from the treaty immediately—regardless of whether Russia continues with the mandated inspections. In fact, Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Trent FranksHouse Republican Average100% and Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Doug LambornHouse Republican Average85% make a similar case in a recent Moscow Times op-ed.
Unlike President Obama and the liberals in Congress who think that raising the minimum wage is the only way to address poverty, this bill actually takes aim at helping America’s low-income individuals. By implementing new work requirements for the food stamp program and capping welfare spending, S. 2015 works towards increasing self-sufficiency and reducing government dependence.