11:17 PM EDT
James Clyburn, D-SC 6th

Mr. CLYBURN. Mr. Chairman, I thank Chairman Mollohan for yielding me the time.

Ranking Member Wolf, Mr. Flake, Members of the committee, subcommittee and staff, I very seldom come to this floor to make statements. But I do tonight because I consider it to be very, very critical to the education of our young people for us to continue and to expand the partnerships that all of us are trying to develop with the business community in trying to educate our children, most especially, those children who live in disadvantaged or what we call at-risk conditions.

ScienceSouth is a hands-on, minds-on program that many of us have worked a long time to develop.

And I want the gentleman to know that we aren't talking about my district here. We are talking about the I-95 corridor that has been dubbed ``The Corridor of Shame,'' that runs for 200 miles through South Carolina.

One of the partners, as he may have mentioned in his statement, is the city of Dillon. Dillon is not in my district. It is a city made famous by its School District No. 2, on the evening that the President of the United States addressed a joint session here in this room, and he identified a young lady sitting next to his wife, Ty'Sheoma Bethea, and talked about the letter she wrote to him. Ty'Sheoma Bethea is one of the students benefiting from this program, and Dillon is not in my district.

This is not about seeking largesse for the district I represent. This is about educating the children of this great Nation and of my home State.

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This program is very, very important, and it has been around for 9 years, and I would like the gentleman to know that this is not anything that we are trying to wean off of. This is something that I wish we had more money to spend on. We cannot put this kind of condition on the education of our children.

Now, I don't understand why it is that we can understand the necessity for repeat expenditures to educate people and not understand why partnerships ought to exist, because students are being born every day. This program is not being maintained for the same students. It is being maintained for students who are being born every day and who are reaching a level every day of benefiting from this program.

So Ty'Sheoma Bethea will go on to college or will go on to university, and I am going to help ensure that she does. There will be others behind her to benefit from this program. So this is not repetition on the same students. This is the repetition of a program that has proven to be very, very beneficial.

In closing, might I say that this program is so important to the business community in South Carolina until Richard Powell recently ended his career at ESAB, which is a global welding and cutting firm, where he held positions of senior vice president of strategic planning, of senior vice president of information technology, vice president of manufacturing, and controller, and he took over the directorship of this program.

This is one of the reasons we exist--to make the quality of life better for those young people, especially those who live along the I-95 corridor that so many of us like to talk of as the ``corridor of shame.'' What we're trying to do with this program is to turn that corridor into an oasis of opportunity for those children.