Lee’s amendment funds medical positions at DeVos’s expense

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Nevada Democratic Rep. Susie Lee in her Southern Nevada district office in February. (Nevada Current file photo).
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Nevada Democratic Rep. Susie Lee in her Southern Nevada district office in February. (Nevada Current file photo).

The U.S. House Wednesday adopted an amendment to a Labor-Health and Human Services-Education appropriations bill to help hospitals and care facilities take on more residencies and internships.

The increased funding for Graduate Medical Education positions “will be paid for by making cuts to the over $400 million budget that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos currently has at her disposal for cars, swanky hotel conference rooms, and other unnecessary spending at the expense of American taxpayers,” according to a statement from Lee’s office.

“By increasing our nationwide investment in opportunities after graduation, we will expand our doctor pipeline,” Lee said. “Where these students complete their residencies is where they are most likely to begin their practice, which is why this amendment will help keep residents in Nevada and call our state home.”

Lee’s amendment passed with bipartisan support that included 130 House Republicans.

DeVos, among the most unpopular and vilified of all Trump cabinet officials, flies on her own private planes (her family reportedly owns 12) at her own expense. She has come under criticism however for an extensive publicly funded security detail of U.S. Marshals that is unique only to DeVos among members of Trump’s cabinet. The education budget DeVos proposed also included hundreds of millions of dollars for private and charter school programs.

Hugh Jackson
Editor | Hugh Jackson has been writing about Nevada policy and politics for more than 20 years. He was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and wrote the then-groundbreaking Las Vegas Gleaner, which among other things was the only independent political blog from Nevada that was credentialed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He spent a few years as a senior energy and environmental policy analyst for Public Citizen, and has occasionally worked as a consultant on mining, taxation, education and other issues for Nevada labor and public interest organizations. His freelance work has been published in outlets ranging from the Guardian to Desert Companion to In These Times to the Oil & Gas Journal. For several years he also taught U.S. History courses at UNLV. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and then assistant managing editor at the Casper Star-Tribune, Wyoming’s largest newspaper.

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