U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) spoke on the Floor of the House in support of ensuring our nation's children will continue to receive comprehensive education, health, nutrition services provided by the Head Start program. The House passed with bipartisan support H. J. Res. 84, Head Start for Low-Income Children Act which immediate funding for the Head Start program. In urging the Senate and White House to join the House in supporting this measure, Rep. Miller made the following comments on the Floor of the House:
"Mr. Speaker, I strongly support the Head Start program and I am so hopeful the House will pass this bill today, and that the Senate will take it up. Head Start is a program that helps American children get the extra help they need at an early age. You can talk to any Mother or Grandmother, you do not need a scientific study, and they will tell you that this program and early intervention is absolutely critical to making sure every child can optimize their individual potential and achieve their own opportunities. During this shutdown, we've heard a lot about ObamaCare. But this bill has nothing to do with ObamaCare, absolutely zero. This bill is about America's children, about the Head Start program -- there are no strings attached -- it just funds Head Start.
"I know many of our colleagues on the other side of the aisle will say that they can't support any funding bill unless they get exactly what they want, a clean CR funding the entire government. They want exactly what they want and nothing else. Any yet the call Republicans absolutists? Fortunately, many others on the other side of the aisle will support this funding bill for Head Start as they have supported the other funding bills that the House has been passing since the beginning of this shutdown in a bipartisan way.
"President Obama and the Senate Majority Leader keep saying that they will not negotiate, but I sincerely hope they will negotiate, that we can go to a conference committee, that we can work out our differences, and that we can stop the shutdown. Because to just keep saying -- as the President keeps saying and the Senate Majority Leader keeps saying -- that they will not negotiate on funding the government, and they will not negotiate on raising the debt ceiling, I do not think that is the proper way forward. Certainly on issues like America's children we can put politics aside."