I wrote a news piece about the bill Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) dropped last week at Caffeinated Thoughts. His bill was certainly an attention-getter, as well as, short and sweet.
H.R. 899 simply says, “The Department of Education shall terminate on December 31, 2018.”
Man, I wish all bills could be this short. I would even settle for just a few sentences. As much joy as this sentence coming to fruition would give me; I would like to suggest that we take a step back a moment.
We have outstanding federal education law on the books, what will happen to that? This bill doesn’t address that.
Will federal education money be gone? No, we’ll need an appropriations bill to deal with that.
I don’t want to cut the head off of Hydra to just have more heads pop up in other departments. I want to see the beast slayed once and for all. So one well placed swing is not going to get rid of Fed Ed.
So I’m (obviously) not saying don’t terminate the U.S. Department of Education. We just need to consider what will happen with all of the things on the books that give the department its reason for existence. I’d rather Congress give further direction than have things decided by administrative rule.
I’m just not a ready, fire, aim sort of guy which is what this glorious piece of legislation feels like to me.