Fact Check: Burr Voted to Cut Education Repeatedly

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

CONTACT: Matt Kravitz, 919.438.1836

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Fact Check: Burr Voted to Cut Education Repeatedly

Election-Year Claims Can’t Hide His Record

RALEIGH, N.C. – Today, Senator Richard Burr released an op-ed that distracts from his record of voting for drastic cuts to investments in education and voting against efforts to make college more affordable for North Carolina students. A much-needed refresher on Burr’s true education record is included below.

“Here’s the truth about Senator Richard Burr’s record on education: he’s voted time after time to cut funding for early education, voted for budgets that would slash investments in K-12, and supported cuts to Pell grants that have helped make college more affordable for young people across North Carolina. Meanwhile, he’s made sure to look out for the special interest, dark money friends who are coming to his rescue now that they have realized his campaign is in trouble. Only a typical Washington politician would call that a job well done. It’s no wonder that folks across North Carolina are making clear it’s time for a change and time for a Senator who will put them first,” said Matt Kravitz, Press Secretary for the North Carolina Democratic Party.

 

FACT CHECK: Burr Repeatedly Voted To Cut Education Across The Board

 

Burr voted to cut funding for early education…

Burr supported budget plans that would have slashed Head Start funding for thousands of North Carolina kids and cut childcare programs. [CQ, 3/21/13; S.Amdt. 433 to S.Con.Res. 8, Vote 46, 3/21/13; National Women’s Law Center, 3/20/13; CQ, 5/16/12; S.Con.Res. 37, Vote 99, 5/16/12; National Education Association, Accessed 6/30/15]

Burr voted for the 2011 Republican spending bill that would have cut Head Start by 15 percent, cutting access off to about 157,000 children. [CQ, 3/9/11; H.R. 1, Vote 36, 3/9/11; Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 3/1/11]

 

…to slash investments in K-12 education…

In 2015, Burr voted for a measure that would have meant cuts of up to 10% to school districts across North Carolina, including a $4.2 million cut for Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools, a $2.4 million cut for the Wake County School District, and a $1.7 million cut for Guilford County schools. [Center for American Progress, 2/4/15; White House, February 2015]

In 2000, Burr voted for an appropriations bill that would have taken away more than $58 million from North Carolina schools, including $26.7 million for 620 teacher positions. [Associated Press, 6/15/00]

 

… and to eliminate Pell Grants for North Carolina college students.

In 2015, he voted for a budget that would have cut Pell Grants for 215,000 North Carolina students. [S Con Res 11, Vote 135, 3/27/15; CQ, 3/27/15; White House, Blog, 3/24/15]

In 2011, he voted for a spending proposal that would have cut Pell Grants for 250,000 North Carolina students. [CQ, 3/9/11; H.R. 1, Vote 36, 3/9/11; Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 3/1/11]

In 2005, he voted for a budget that included a $13 billion cut from federal student loans, which would’ve been the largest cut in the program’s history. [CQ, 12/21/05; S. 1932, Vote 363, 12/21/05; Associated Press, 12/19/05]

 

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