With GOP Advocate, Ed. Issues Could Gain Steam in Congress
Leadership in House may add momentum
Education issues—which haven't gotten a lot of attention from Congress over the past four years—may have picked up an unlikely but powerful advocate: U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor . As the majority leader in the House of Representatives, the Virginia Republican has a major role in setting the agenda for the chamber.
Throughout President Barack Obama's first term, Mr. Cantor served as a key counterweight to the administration's agenda on a broad swath of domestic issues, largely aligning himself with more conservative House Republicans on everything from health care to deficit reduction.
Lately, however, he's turned his attention to education, signaling that it could be more prominent in this Congress. During the past four years, most of the action on K-12 has come from the U.S. Department of Education, not from legislators, who have been...
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