Call it a tribute to the late Robert Byrd.

On Wednesday House Democratic leaders introduced a plan to move funding for Pell Grants into a bill that supplies emergency money for disaster relief and the wars. According to the press release issued by the Appropriations Committee:

The House of Representatives will act on the 2010 supplemental appropriations bill for efforts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Haiti and pressing domestic needs this week. The Appropriations Committee is proposing an amendment to H.R. 4899 to add additional, fully offset, investments to meet domestic needs, such as education jobs and border security.

Rep. David Obey (D-7th WI), the chairman of the Appropriations Committee (pictured), introduced the amendment, which would provide $4.9 billion for Pell Grants (the program is about $5.7 short now) and $10 billion to help states continue to employ public elementary and secondary school teachers facing layoffs due to state budget deficits.

Republicans seem opposed to the money, with House Minority Leader John Boehner complaining back in May that,

Giving states another $23 billion in federal education money simply throws more money into taxpayer-funded bailouts when we should be discussing why we aren’t seeing the results we need from the billions in federal dollars that are already being spent.

Yes, as opposed to those stunning results we’re seeing from the war spending….[Image via]

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer