Rep. Green and Texas Delegation Urge Texas Lawmakers to Use Recovery Education Funds
April 7, 2009
Washington, DC - Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) today, joined by ten members of the Texas Democratic Congressional Delegation, sent a letter to Governor Rick Perry, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, and Texas House Speaker Joe Straus urging their reconsideration their allocation of Education Stabilization funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
“It is in our best interest to make sure that the presently allocated funding and any future money that may come to Texas be used properly,” said Rep. Gene Green. “This is why I travelled to Austin yesterday and delivered these letters to leadership. Texas needs the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to ensure that we continue to provide the best education for our children.”
The letter expresses concern that the proposed use of federal Education Stabilization funds does not meet the terms of the law passed by Congress. The Representatives expressed worries that misuse of funding would jeopardize these and future ARRA allocations given to Texas. The letters asked that that these funds from ARRA be used immediately to increase support for schools.
“It is the responsibility of the Texas leadership to make sure these critical funds reach our school districts. Congress passed this legislation so that our schools and teachers would have the funding to be properly equipped and retain their jobs today, not so that the funds would sit in a rainy day account,” said Rep. Gene Green.
Representatives Gene Green, Solomon Ortiz, Silvestre Reyes, Sheila Jackson Lee, Charlie Gonzalez, Lloyd Doggett, Henry Cuellar, Chet Edwards, Ciro Rodriguez, Eddie Bernice Johnson, and Al Green all signed the letter sent to Texas leadership and representatives.
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