Yesterday, the Democrats in Congress called the Republicans’ bluff. You want efficient public schools? Good. Congressman Ben Chandler, who is very far from liberal, had introduced H.R.3021, the 21st Century Green High-Performing Public School Facilities Act. The proposed law would encourage public schools to run efficiently.

No more money-guzzling out of date school buildings. No more safety hazards for American children. The legislation would provide an investment in energy-efficient, healthy, technologically-updated schools. That way, taxpayers would save huge amounts of money on their property taxes by not having to pay so much on energy costs for schools at a time when the price of energy is shooting through the roof.

Under this law, more money would go toward quality education. Less taxpayer money would go to just keeping children warm in the winter, or to protecting schoolchildren in the South from record-breaking heat. For a small national investment in efficient schools, taxpayers around the country would get huge savings for an entire generation to come.

This legislation does exactly what Republicans say they want to do. It makes public schools more efficient. In fact, the bill makes such plain sense that 27 Republican members of the House of Representatives crossed the aisle yesterday to vote in favor of it. Thanks to them, the bill passed, and will become law if passed by the Senate. Those Republicans voting in favor were:

Tom Davis
Charles Dent
Mario Diaz-Balart
Lincoln Diaz-Balart
Phil English
Jim Gerlach
Robin Hayes
Timothy Johnson
Ric Keller
Mark Kirk
Steven LaTourette
Frank LoBiondo
Tim Murphy
Candice Miller
John McHugh
Michael McCaul
Todd Platts
Jon Porter
Jim Ramstad
David Reichert
Rick Renzi
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
Jim Saxton
Christopher Shays
Christopher Smith
Jerry Weller
Ed Whitfield

Sadly, 164 Republicans in Congress actually voted against making public schools more efficient. They voted against the bill. The names of these short-sighted members of Congress are:

Robert Aderholt
Todd Akin
Rodney Alexander
Michelle Bachmann
Spencer Bachus
Gresham Barrett
Roscoe Bartlett
Joe Barton
Judy Biggert
Brian Bilbray
Gus Bilirakis
Rob Bishop
Marsha Blackburn
Roy Blunt
John Boehner
Jo Bonner
Mary Bono
John Boozman
Charles Boustany
Kevin Brady
Paul Broun
Henry Brown
Ginny Brown-Waite
Vern Buchanan
Michael Burgess
Dan Burton
Steve Buyer
Ken Calvert
David Camp
Chris Cannon
Eric Cantor
Shelley Capito
John Carter
Michael Castle
Howard Coble
Tom Cole
Michael Conaway
Ander Crenshaw
John Culberson
David Davis
Geoff Davis
Thelma Drake
John Duncan
Vernon Ehlers
Jo Ann Emerson
Terry Everett
Mary Fallin
Tom Feeney
Michael Ferguson
Jeff Flake
Randy Forbes
Jeff Fortenberry
Vito Fossella
Virginia Foxx
Trent Franks
Rodney Frelinghuysen
Scott Garrett
Phil Gingrey
Virgil Goode
Bob Goodlatte
Kay Granger
Sam Graves
Ralph Hall
Doc Hastings
Dean Heller
Jeb Hensarling
Wally Herger
David Hobson
Peter Hoekstra
Kenny Hulshof
Bob Inglis
Darrell Issa
Sam Johnson
Walter Jones
Jim Jordan
Steve King
Peter King
Jack Kingston
John Kline
Joseph Knollenberg
Randy Kuhl
Ray LaHood
Doug Lamborn
Tom Latham
Bob Latta
Ron Lewis
Jerry Lewis
John Linder
Frank Lucas
Dan Lungren
Donald Manzullo
Kevin McCarthy
Thaddeus McCotter
Patrick McHenry
Howard McKeon
Cathy McMorris Rodgers
John Mica
Jeff Miller
Gary Miller
James Moran
Marilyn Musgrave
Sue Myrick
Randy Neugebauer
Devin Nunes
Ron Paul
Stevan Pearce
Mike Pence
John Peterson
Thomas Petri
Charles Pickering
Joseph Pitts
Ted Poe
Tom Price
Adam Putnam
George Radanovich
Ralph Regula
Dennis Rehberg
Tom Reynolds
Michael Rogers
Harold Rogers
Mike Rogers
Dana Rohrabacher
Peter Roskam
Edward Royce
Paul Ryan
Bill Sali
Steve Scalise
Jean Schmidt
James Sensenbrenner
Peter Sessions
John Shadegg
John Shimkus
Bill Shuster
Michael Simpson
Adrian Smith
Lamar Smith
Mark Souder
Cliff Stearns
John Sullivan
Tom Tancredo
Lee Terry
Mac Thornberry
Todd Tiahrt
Patrick Tiberi
Michael Turner
Fred Upton
Tim Walberg
Greg Walden
James Walsh
Zach Wamp
David Weldon
Lynn Westmoreland
Heather Wilson
Joe Wilson
Rob Wittman
Frank Wolf
Don Young
C.W. Bill Young
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