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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) issued the following statement after voting against Miguel Cardona’s nomination to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education today:

“The Democrats’ education agenda is a disaster from start to finish. It makes teachers’ unions the decision makers, encourages students to pursue higher-education even if better opportunities exist, and promises to forgive student loan debt by making everyone else pay for it.

“As Democrats like Mr. Cardona promulgate these harmful progressive policies in Washington, students across the country are sitting at home suffering because teachers’ unions refuse to return to work, in complete defiance of what the science actually says and without rebuke from President Biden or his allies.

“We need to reopen schools and enact reforms that increase competition and accountability, tailor students’ educations to meet their needs, and improve outcomes. I voted against Mr. Cardona because he and the Biden Administration do not reflect the educational goals and values of North Dakota’s students and families.”