Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-North Carolina) represents North Carolina’s 5th Congressional District. Politico reports this morning that she is poised to become the chair of the House Education and Workforce Committee and she wants to dismantle the U.S. Department of Education and President Obama’s legacy.
The 73-year-old GOP lawmaker and former community college president is poised to assume the leadership of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, and she wants to veer far away from what she regards as Obama’s wrongheaded approach. “I’m going to push to diminish the role of the federal government in everything it’s in that isn’t in the Constitution,” Foxx said in an interview in her district in North Carolina. “That’s education, health care. All the things that the federal government does that it should not be doing. I’m happy to diminish its role.”….
…. Foxx would love to dismantle the federal Education Department, but is realistic enough to acknowledge that that is probably unlikely in the near term. “I definitely don’t think the Department of Education has any business doing all the things that it’s doing,” she said, “but I don’t think you do it overnight. I think you have to devolve it over time.”
I’ll admit I know very little about Congresswoman Foxx, but the fact she is saying things like this publicly is encouraging. If she does become chair we’ll have to see what kind of an agenda comes out of her committee. President-elect Trump will not be able to do much to shrink the size of the U.S. Department of Education on his own, but with willing partners in Congress significant progress can be made.
But will they really? Only time will tell.