Issa, Gowdy Statement on D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Announcement

June 19, 2012

WASHINGTON- Today, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman, ID-Conn., announced that the Obama Administration has agreed to reverse course and fully implement the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. Legislation reauthorizing the program, offered by Speaker Boehner at the beginning of the 112th Congress, first passed out of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
 
Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and D.C. Subcommittee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-SC, offered the following statement:
 
“Independent studies and reports from parents and students have validated the educational benefits the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program has provided to low-income D.C. students. We are pleased that the Obama Administration has apparently given up on its opposition to fully implementing this bipartisan initiative. Speaker Boehner, Senator Lieberman, and others who believe children should have a choice – including parent advocates for the program – have our thanks for their efforts to secure the continuation of this important educational initiative.”