WASHINGTON - Today, Committee on House Administration Chairman Bryan Steil (WI-01), Committee on Education and the Workforce Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (NC-05), Elections Subcommittee Chair Laurel Lee (FL-15), and Committee on Education and the Workforce Vice Chair Mary Miller (IL-15) sent a letter blasting the Biden Administration's new policy allowing Federal Work-Study funds used to support the Biden-Harris campaign efforts during the 2024 election cycle. 

Excerpts from the letter read: 

As Chairs and senior members of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, which has broad oversight over education and workforce issues, and the Committee on House Administration, which has broad oversight of our nation’s federal election law (together, “Committees”), we are deeply troubled following the Biden Administration’s (“Administration”) February 26, 2024, announcement that Federal Work-Study (“FWS”) funds can be used to support the Biden Administration’s campaign efforts during the 2024 election cycle.


For Americans to have confidence not only in their elections but also in their federal government, taxpayer dollars should not be used for political ends like get-out-the-vote activities or targeted voter registration drives. As we approach a presidential election this November, we must take steps to bolster voters’ confidence in our election systems and processes so they can have faith in the results. Unfortunately, the Department’s plan to use FWS funds to support the Administration’s campaign efforts seems designed to heighten voters’ already existing distrust in the system in a time when we can least afford it.


Indeed, a photo posted by Vice President Harris on X (formerly known as Twitter) hours before the program was officially announced, only serves to illustrate further the risk that these activities may be abused for partisan ends. The photo included an individual she described as a “nonpartisan poll worker” eligible to participate in the FWS program; yet, it was later revealed that the individual is actually a staff member at the Alliance for Justice and formerly worked for the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia. While both organizations may operate under the tax code as “nonpartisan” groups, they are certainly not neutral. Americans are well aware that both groups have very strong, left-leaning ties. As such, voters cannot trust that this new program will not run afoul of federal law or be used by partisan students to help their political party win an election.


Americans deserve, and the law requires, a government that in the face of the Administration’s reelection campaign, is above reproach and does not use public funds to help it get reelected. Unfortunately, through the Administration’s DCL and through its turning federal agencies into voter registration centers, Americans should have serious concerns about the even-handedness of election administration in these circumstances. As such, the Committees urge the Administration to retract its recent letter allowing taxpayer dollars to fund get-out-the-vote activities.

For full text of the letter, click HERE