The U.S. Senate voted Monday to approve a bill to give states the power to provide free, early-childhood education for students who do not qualify for a federal voucher program.
But lawmakers will likely have to pass a more comprehensive bill before it can become law.
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In addition to the White House, senators and representatives from both parties have come out in favor of the bill, including Sens.
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Merkleys concerns about Trump and Kavanaugh are ‘deeply personal’ MORE (Ore.) have all been vocal advocates of the legislation.
President Trump and Republican leaders have repeatedly touted the bill as a means to give every child a chance at a better life.
Critics say the proposal will force millions of Americans to pay higher taxes in order to give parents access to public education, which has been an important tool in the fight against opioid addiction.
The Senate is expected to take up the legislation this week.
The bill is expected also to be a vehicle for Republicans to push back against the efforts of Democratic leaders to expand the program to include low-income families.
Republicans say the bill will make the federal government a bigger force for the betterment of the American people.
“The Democrats have tried to take this away from us, but it’s a big part of what we’ve done.
It’s been a huge part of our success, and it’s something that we’re going back to,” Rep. Paul RyanPaul DavisRyanThe GOP risks the ‘lose-lose’ with ObamaCare repeal bill as GOP pushes for a $1 trillion tax plan | House votes to make a $2 trillion bill permanent | Dems propose $1,400 tax credit for low-wage workers | GOP takes ‘victory lap’ on budget resolution Dems vow to use ‘unity to win’ in 2018 midterm elections | GOP ‘victories lap’ ends in disaster for Trump and Democrats MORE (Wis.) told Fox News.
“We’ve done this all year long, and we’ve never lost.
This is the biggest piece of legislation that we’ve ever passed, and I think we’ll see a lot of bipartisan support.”
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He said, “The Senate has been clear in saying we will not allow states to decide the fate