EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET WASHINGTON, D.C. 20503
STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY (THIS STATEMENT HAS BEEN COORDINATED BY OMB WITH THE CONCERNED AGENCIES.)
October 21, 1997
H.R. 2646 - Education Savings Act for Public and Private Schools
(Archer (R) Texas and Gingrich (R) Georgia)
If H.R. 2646 were presented to the President, the Secretaries of Education and
the Treasury would recommend that he veto the bill because it is bad education
policy and bad tax policy.
Every American child deserves a high-quality elementary and secondary
education. Targeting limited Federal resources to build stronger public
schools will help ensure that all our Nation's children receive the education
they need to become productive citizens. H.R. 2646 would divert needed
resources from these schools.
H.R. 2646 would disproportionately benefit the most affluent families and
provide little benefit to lower- and middle-income families. Families in the
highest income bracket that saved the maximum amount permitted by H.R. 2646
would receive more than twice the benefit of families in the lowest tax
bracket that saved the same amount. Moreover, the bill would not create a
significant incentive for families to increase their savings for educational
purposes; it would instead reward families, particularly those with substantial
incomes, for what they already do.