125 Amendments and Vocal Outrage Should Tell Kline to Hit the Reset Button on Student Success Act

Remember when John Kline (R-MN-02) said :

This issue is far too important to be determined by partisan battles. There are solid, commonsense ideas members of all political stripes can coalesce around as we seek to stop unnecessary political bickering and formulate a solution that puts the American people ahead of government ambition.

Today, the House Rules Committee will consider amendments to John Kline’s H.R. 5 : Student Success Act … with 125 submitted thus far.
125 ?
Wow … most bills will have a couple of amendments … a few really controversial bills could exceed 25 … rarely over 50 …. But 125 ?

Why so many … well, does that reflect the complaint that the 616-page bill was prepared without holding any hearings for the 114th Congress to consider testimony from parents, teachers, experts, and government agencies ?

Yes, Chairman Kline opted just to “mark-up” his bill.
Not a surprise that the US Chamber of Commerce voiced concerns (since they opposed his bill last term) nor that too many other groups also announced their renewed opposition from the Education Trust to the NEA … heck, even the Business Roundtable wanted changes.

And now that Chairman Kline’s bill is getting fast-tracked for a vote, the opposition is getting louder … The Heritage Foundation has weighed in with their Facts and Myths — Vote AGAINST Chairman Kline.
There was the tweetfest to help raise awareness about Chairman Kline’s Student Success Act and its problems.

Suggested Tweet:
.@Member Will you oppose the re-authorization of No Child Left Behind by voting no on H.R. 5? #StopNCLB, #HR5, #ESEA, #NCLB, #StudentSuccessAct

There was the opposition piece in RedState urging “House conservatives need to vote H.R. 5 down.”

And suggestions from the National Governors Association and the National Conference of State Legislatures, who proposed reauthorizing the act asking Congress to hold the states accountable for preparing students for a competitive workplace.

The many blog posts … such as Educaiton Without Represenation

This one is such a betrayal.

I’ve never been so shocked and angry over a proposed Congressional bill that I burst into tears. Not until tonight.

I’d been quietly reading and taking notes on H.R. 5, “Student Success Act” (SSA) when my husband simply, offhandedly asked me how I was doing. Though I’d been quiet, I was boiling over as I read tucked-away portions of this 600+ page bill which, despite the local-control-touting, anti-Common Core-sounding words (on page 10 and elsewhere), is terrible. When my husband asked how I was doing, I stood up, walked to the couch and explained through my hot, angry tears what destruction and reduction of vital freedoms will take place if this bill passes:

It ends private schools’ religious freedom from government control. It harms funding freedom in private schools. It puts into question parental rights and control over education. It pushes sameness of testing. Those are just a few things. There are more.

We have conscious deceivers in D.C. pushing this bill: its damages are so painfully ironic. The bill is touted specifically to “reduce the federal footprint and restore local control while empowering parents“. What a poignant lie.

And this post from Minnesotans Against Common Core

THIS IS OUR CALL TO ACTION! Kline may not withdraw his bill, thus we need a coordinated effor to work with the rest of the US House.
1. Contact your House Representative asking if he/she has personally read HR 5, a document that is over 600+ pages, that is on a fast-track for a VOTE THIS THURSDAY, February 26th and never had a public hearing.
2. Provide the top four talking point (found within this document) or your own concerns.
3. Ask three of your family members or friends (or more) to do the same. Takes less than 5 minutes.
4. You are also welcome to call John Kline’s office and/or leave a comment on Kline’s facebook page. Social media is good documentation.
We hope to roll out a massive twitter rally closer to the vote. Soldier on, folks! Soldier on!

and Anita Hoge telling Chairman Kline that HR5 is a Constitutional Crisis in the making as his Student Success Act denies Parents Rights.

Wow … that’s passion.

125 Amendments and vocal outrage … rekindles the memories of John Kline’s plea during the healthcare legislation debate when he professed :

This issue is far too important to be determined by partisan battles. There are solid, commonsense ideas members of all political stripes can coalesce around as we seek to stop unnecessary political bickering and formulate a solution that puts the American people ahead of government ambition.

Then John Kline warned against “partisan legislation crafted behind closed doors” and
preached : “It’s time to press the ‘reset’ button.”

Today, Chairman Kline holds the gavel.
Speaker Boehner promised to operate under the “Pillars of a New Majority” which required that Chairman give Members input … Speaker Boehner has failed … empowering Chairman Kline to craft his own deal.

The Kline Strategy is simple … get enough House Republicans to give him “carte blanche” to negotiate a compromise bill with the Senate.
That’s not legislating … that’s pure Washington political power.
Yep, when Represenative Kline and the Republicans were the minority party, there was calls for citizen input, but now Chairman Kline wields the power, he knows best.
Is it any wonder that he spent over a million dollars MORE in his 2014 re-election campaign than he did in his 2012 for one reason … to continue to hold the gavel (that he was only able to hold when Speaker Boehner granted him a waiver.)

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