Just weeks after introducing a bill that would eliminate the federal Environmental Protection Agency, freshman Northwest Florida congressman Matt Gaetz has signed on to cosponsor another bill that would axe the Department of Education.
The one-line bill, introduced by Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky, would terminate the cabinet-level department — established in 1979 — on December 31, 2018.
“Unelected bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. should not be in charge of our children’s intellectual and moral development. States and local communities are best positioned to shape curricula that meet the needs of their students,” Massie said in a statement.
In addition to Gaetz, six other House Republicans have signed on as cosponsors of the bill, which currently has no companion bill in the Senate.
During his first month in Congress, Gaetz has sponsored or cosponsored 35 bills, including a bill to withdraw the United States from the United Nations, a bill to abolish much of the federal tax code, as well as several bills which would deny benefits or funding to illegal immigrants or so-called “sanctuary cities.”