Video: Bera Gives Congress Advice from 3rd Graders

Newly elected Rep. Ami Bera (D-Elk Grove) brings a poster from an Elk Grove elementary school to the floor of Congress to ask the body to prevent sequestration, or automatic spending cuts.

Earlier this week, Rep. Ami Bera (D-Elk Grove) invited a local guest to the State of the Union: a principal from an Elk Grove elementary school.

That principal brought along some tips from a third-grade class, which Bera passed along to Congress. The recommendations:

  • Be responsible
  • Be respectful
  • Be kind
  • Be accountable
  • Make good choices

Bera used a poster with those tips on it to ask Congress to prevent $85 billion in automatic spending cuts, which will go into effect on March 1 unless the legislature acts to prevent it.

“If the third graders can figure it out, I hope we in Congress can," Bera said. "Let’s do what they advise.  Let's be responsible and make good choices."

Watch Bera's remarks in the video above.

Michael McKone February 22, 2013 at 07:20 PM
Make good choices. That is pretty tough when politicians rarely do the right thing when it negatively affects the interest groups who send $$$ for elections. For example: Head Start is ineffective. Even the Federal Govt recognizes this. Will it get cut? Not as long as teachers unions support it and as long as unions fund Bera's elections.


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