WASHINGTON, D.C. — Who, exactly, is responsible for the upkeep and renovation of the nation’s schools — local municipalities or the federal government?
In a classic Democrat-Republican divide over the role of the federal government, the House passed a bill Thursday, largely along party lines, that would authorize billions of dollars for “green” school renovation projects.
The bill passed 275-155 and would dole out $6.4 billion in fiscal 2010 for school projects and the remaining “necessary” funds through fiscal year 2015.
The Minnesota delegation split along party lines.
Republicans opposed the bill, saying that local districts have historically been responsible for school construction.
Republican Rep. John Kline offered an amendment to change the title of the bill to “a bill to saddle future generations with billions in debt, and for other purposes.”
Again, Minnesota’s delegation split on party lines on the amendment.