Indoctrination programs can’t be justified in a democracy at any time.
U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack is leading a Republican effort in the House to block funding for a climate change initiative that provides money to education programs around the nation, including at Carleton College in Northfield and the Como Zoo and Conservatory in St. Paul.
Cravaack’s proposal, offered as an amendment to an annual spending bill, made the first-term Minnesota member of Congress the focus of a legislative duel Wednesday over climate change, with Democrats and environmentalists rallying against the GOP measure.
His provision passed the House late Wednesday on a 238-188 vote.
Cravaack’s amendment to the Commerce-Justice-Science spending bill would eliminate $10 million in annual funding made nationwide through the National Science Foundation’s Climate Change education program.
Cravaack said the money “duplicates the already inherent ability of the [NSF] to fund worthy proposals through its rigorous, peer-reviewed process.”
He cited Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports showing a range of overlapping programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education that are funded by 13 government agencies.
“A redundant global warming program can hardly be justified,” he said.