San­ders Calls for Stu­dent Loan Re­forms, Af­ford­able Tu­ition

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Speak­ing at a rally by col­lege stu­dents out­side the U.S. Capitol, Sen. Bernie San­ders (I-Vt.) last week called col­lege an “in­vest­ment” in our fu­ture and promised to make it more af­ford­able.

San­ders, the rank­ing mem­ber of the Se­nate Bud­get Com­mit­tee, told stu­dents that he will con­tinue to work on ways to pre­vent stu­dents from grad­u­at­ing with moun­tains of debt.

“Higher ed­u­ca­tion is a strate­gic in­vest­ment in our na­tion’s fu­ture,” San­ders said. “Ed­u­ca­tion should be a right, not a priv­i­lege. We need a revo­lu­tion in the way that the United States funds higher ed­u­ca­tion. You are lead­ing that revo­lu­tion. Keep up the good work.”

San­ders en­cour­aged stu­dents from the United States Stu­dent As­so­ci­a­tion to visit with elected lead­ers and talk about this is­sue so law­mak­ers un­der­stand the stakes of the on­go­ing bud­get de­bate.

Vot­ing along party lines, Se­nate Repub­li­cans ear­lier to­day ap­proved a bud­get blue­print that slashes Pell Grants by nearly $90 bil­lion dur­ing the next 10 years. San­ders voted against that plan.

Se­nate and House bud­gets also omit­ted a pro­posal, sup­ported by San­ders, to make com­mu­nity col­lege tu­ition free for stu­dents who main­tain a cer­tain grade point av­er­age.

“You are fac­ing crush­ing stu­dent loan debt and that debt is caus­ing ir­repara­ble harm to mid­dle-class fam­i­lies across Amer­ica,” San­ders said.

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