The Trump administration has signed into law a bill that would slash federal funding for education and other programs.
The bill, which will now go to the Senate, is the first major overhaul of the federal education system in almost two decades.
The legislation would eliminate funding for Head Start, the No Child Left Behind Act, and a host of other programs that support children, such as Head Start and summer jobs programs.
It also would eliminate federal funding to the Pell Grant, which provides grants to low-income families who can’t afford college.
The cuts are also expected to save about $8 billion annually for states and localities.
Trump and other Republican lawmakers are also considering cuts to other federal programs, including the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Department of Education has been plagued by budget crises and other problems for years.
Trump has made the cuts to federal education a top priority, and he has called for a $2 trillion spending cut.
The Senate has passed the bill in a narrow 51-47 vote, and the House is expected to take it up Thursday.
The new funding would be applied to the first $1.5 trillion of the proposed $2.5-trillion budget, which the Trump administration estimates will be $1,600 for each American student.
The administration says that would allow states to spend $1 billion on the first half of the first year of the new plan.
The House will likely approve the measure by the end of the week.
But Republicans in Congress are worried that the new cuts would make it harder to get additional money for school construction projects and other major programs.
That’s why Republicans are hoping to avoid a vote on the bill at all.
The White House says the cuts are necessary to fund “fiscal responsibility” and to “rebuild the nation’s infrastructure.”
The cuts have drawn a strong response from Democratic lawmakers and advocacy groups, including MoveOn.org, who say the legislation is a giveaway to the wealthy and will have devastating effects on low- and moderate-income children.