Washington, D.C. – Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) made the following remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives today in support of the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results (SOAR) Act:
“Every member of this body that is a parent doesn’t care about what they will become, you care about what your children will become. The greatest opportunity you have for your children to expand all the dreams and hopes they have as an American is making sure they have the right education. But it’s not just for a few or select. We want to make sure everybody does.”
“I thank the distinguished Chairman. As I listen to the debate, people want to know if anybody was asked, do you realize there are four times as many children who want a scholarship than there’s one needed for? Those are the people we should ask. Those are the people that have been asked. Those are the people that have asked to be able to have a new life, a new direction and a hope that we all dream about in America.
“I will tell you this morning, like almost every morning when I’m in Washington, D.C., we get that time and we call home. As a husband and a parent, I call my wife and first thing we talk about is our children. We talk about our children about how they’re feeling, how they’re doing but more importantly how is their education, what’s the latest and where they are going. It’s the same question that every single parent as a member of this body asks. Every member of this body that is a parent doesn’t care about what they will become, you care about what your children will become.
“The greatest opportunity you have for your children to expand all the dreams and hopes they have as an American is making sure they have the right education. But it’s not just for a few or select. We want to make sure everybody does.
“You know, last Congress one of the most tough times I watched on this floor was the new Obama Administration and Democrat majority, where they worked to terminate this program. They prevented new children from participating in going so far as revoking 216 new children for a scholarship that had already been elected to the 2009 and 2010 school year. That was not only unfair, but unwise.
“We have an opportunity on this floor to do something different. We have an opportunity on this floor to actually make a correction. It is not a correction for you and me, it’s a correction of the hope and a dream that a child can unleash and unshackle something that hold them back. It’s a dream that they can rise to the occasion. They can have the foundation, they can have the ability that the country has always talked about.
“That’s why I support the SOAR act. I believe these children can soar higher. I believe these children can reach a new dream. and I do not believe in holding them back. For all those who sit there and still want more, four-to-every-one, I for one will join with them. Support this bill, and support a new hope and dream. It is not about what we will become, it will be about what the next generation in America can achieve. We want them to soar to new heights. I yield back.”