About the bill
Among all the Cabinet-level agencies, perhaps none inspires more Republican ire than the Department of Education. President Trump as a candidate expressed openness to eliminating the department, writing in his campaign book, “A lot of people believe the Department of Education should just be eliminated. Get rid of it. If we don’t eliminate it completely, we certainly need to cut its power and reach.”
A new bill in Congress would do just that.
What the bill does
Some bills can be hundreds of pages long. H.R. 899, introduced by Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY4), is a single sentence: “The Department of Education shall terminate on December 31, 2018.”
What would it mean if the Education Department ended? The move would save taxpayers about $68.3 billion, the appropriated budget ...
Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Representative for Kentucky's 4th congressional district. Republican.
Last Updated: Feb 7, 2017
Length: 1 page
115th Congress (2017–2019)
This bill was introduced on February 7, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.
What legislators are saying
“Rep. Massie Introduces Bill to Abolish Federal Department of Education”
— Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4] (Sponsor) on Feb 7, 2017
“Congressman Andy Biggs Named FreedomWorks Member of the Month”
— Rep. Andy Biggs [R-AZ5] (Co-sponsor) on Mar 2, 2017
Feb 7, 2017
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Jan 30, 2019
Reintroduced Bill — Introduced
This activity took place on a related bill, H.R. 899 (116th).
Feb 5, 2021
Reintroduced Bill — Introduced
This activity took place on a related bill, H.R. 899.
H.R. 899 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.
A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.
Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 899. This is the one from the 115th Congress.
This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.
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