As a former teacher, I understand the importance of ensuring that every child receives a free and excellent education. Good public schools are the foundation of a strong democracy, and we must ensure every student graduates ready for a career or college. Our higher education system must also be accessible and affordable for all students who choose to further their studies.
We must give our teachers and schools the support they need to provide a world-class education for every child in Minnesota and across the United States. This includes robust federal funding to support equal educational opportunities in high-poverty schools and for students with disabilities. We must address the crisis of high college costs by reducing tuition for working families, protecting a strong Pell Grant program, and enforcing protections for student loan borrowers.
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Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement after the passage of H.R. 2740, which consists of the FY2020 Labor-HHS-Education, Defense, State and Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water appropriations bills.
The four-bill minibus rejects President Trump’s harmful budget cuts and invests in hardworking families across the nation with provisions important to Minnesotans and the American people, including:
At a recent event for family, educators, and area service academy representatives, Congresswoman Betty McCollum recognized the Fourth District individuals who will attend U.S. Service Academies this fall.
Congresswoman McCollum nominated each of the Fourth District residents to their respective U.S. Service Academies. Each received and accepted an appointment to attend.
Eight individuals in total were recognized:
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) today joined House Appropriations Democrats in voting to approve the FY 2020 Labor-HHS-Education bill, which invests in improving lives and rejects President Trump’s harmful budget cuts.
The Labor-HHS-Education bill includes $189.9 billion in discretionary funding, an increase of $11.8 billion over the 2019 enacted level and $47.9 billion over President Trump’s 2020 budget request. The bill provides:
Representative Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) yesterday offered an amendment during the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education appropriations bill markup that would permit individuals who are diagnosed with cancer to defer payments on their public student loans while they receive lifesaving treatment. This amendment was adopted by the House Appropriations Committee.
At a recent event for family, educators, and area service academy representatives, Congresswoman Betty McCollum recognized eight Fourth District individuals who will attend U.S. Service Academies this fall.
Congresswoman McCollum nominated each of the eight Fourth District residents to their respective U.S. Service Academies. Each received and accepted an appointment to attend.
The individuals are: