Republican Representative Bobby Kaufmann is looking to introduce a bill informally called “Suck it Up, Buttercup” in January, the same month when Donald Trump assumes office as the next president of the country. Through this bill, Kaufmann intends to slash the funding used by state universities for activities geared towards comforting students who are unhappy about Trump’s election.
Although the name of the bill may sound ridiculous, Kaufmann believes it is a necessary policy especially since many tax-funded schools are wasting too much money on needless coddling activities. As noted by the state representative, following Trump’s election, many educational institutions in the country have implemented self-care and counselling sessions to help student cope with the country’s current political environment.
“I saw schools with rising, skyrocketing tuition costs where they are also finding money and expenditures for things such as cry rooms,” he said according to Fox News. “I heard reports of rooms where you can play with Play-Doh, where you can color books and talk about your feelings, and I was hearing reports of some schools that were bringing in ponies to be able to get students through the election.”
Kauffman became confident that his proposed bill will be able to gather enough votes in Congress to pass after receiving overwhelming support via email from various individuals from different parts of the country.
According to the representative, through his bill, he aims to stop schools from using certain counter-productive activities that prevent students from getting ready to enter the real world. He noted that through these kinds of unnecessary coddling, self-care and counseling programs, schools are actually spoiling their students.
“In life, when your car breaks down, your kids get sick or you have to take a second job to pay your mortgage, you don’t get to a cry zone, you don’t get a pony, you have to deal with it,” he said.