House Republicans Vote Against School Safety Legislation

March 03, 2010 5:38 pm ET — Walid Zafar

This afternoon, the House voted on H.R. 4247, the Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Act.  Introduced by Rep. George Miller (D-CA), Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor, the bill directly deals with issues of school safety and in particular, the use of physical restraint and isolation in schools.

You'd expect something like this to breeze through the House, but you'd be wrong.  In the age of the Tea Party, even the most uncontroversial of legislative proposals are attacked by many Republicans in order to shore up their anti-statist bona fides.  The majority of the Republican caucus voted against H.R. 4247 on the premise that issues of school safety is best left alone for the states to decide. 

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