We should be trying to make education less expensive, not more.
We grew the federal government's role in education when we should have been focusing on the key missions of the federal government.
The government of Afghanistan should prove that they are protectors of freedom by releasing Abdul Rahman and protecting him from extremist elements.
The challenge, of course, for us in that is that that increase in global energy demand will necessitate a 40 percent increase in OPEC oil production.
In fact, NSF was the leading successful efforts to improve U.S. math and science education long before the Department of Education was even created.
I voted for the Deficit Reduction Package with significant heartburn over the student aid provisions.
For example, a breakthrough in better batteries could supplant hydrogen. Better solar cells could replace or win out in this race to the fuel of the future. Those, I see, as the three big competitors hydrogen, solar cells and then better batteries.
ExxonMobil predicts in their energy report at the end of last year that global energy demand will grow by 60 percent between now and 2030.
We added Medicare Part D to a system facing bankruptcy and gave no thought to means testing it.
So I submit to my colleagues here today that hydrogen is not as far away as we think it is.
NSF is the only federal agency with a proven track record of selecting education projects through a rigorous, careful and competitive process that draws on a wide variety of experts from outside government.
The 12 billion being saved in student loan provisions is a significant percentage of the 40 billion in total savings over five years.
We are a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.
The freedom to convert is fundamental to freedom of religion.
Hundreds of American soldiers have given their lives in Afghanistan to promote liberty, including freedom of conscience and religion.
We in Congress need to support the American forces in every conceivable way, giving them the tools to continue to convert, capture or kill terrorists and the time to equip the Iraqi security forces.
It's clear that we need comprehensive immigration reform.
Asking an incumbent member of Congress to vote for term limits is a bit like asking a chicken to vote for Colonel Sanders.