Published: Jan 26, 2011 8:04 PM EST
Updated: Jan 26, 2011 5:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner and Sen. Joe Lieberman are introducing legislation to revive a school voucher program for District of Columbia students nearly two years after Congress began phasing it out.

 In a statement Wednesday, Boehner says the D.C. voucher program is a model that can work well in other cities across the nation.

 Referring to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, Boehner says vouchers make the U.S. education system more competitive.

On Tuesday night, Boehner hosted Cardinal Donald Wuerl at the speech, along with Catholic teachers and students who are receiving public funds to attend private schools through the program.

Washington Mayor Vincent Gray opposes the voucher program as an intrusion into local government.

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