"In recent years, the cost for students to attend college has skyrocketed, shutting off the opportunity for countless young Americans to attain a postsecondary degree. This is simply unacceptable – cost should never be an obstacle that prevents an aspiring student from obtaining a college degree. While I graduated from college nearly 15 years ago, I am among the millions of Americans still working to pay back student loans. I am grateful for the educational opportunities I received, but it is not a check I enjoy writing each month.
"We can, and we must do better for the next generation. It is estimated that by 2020, sixty-five percent of job openings in our country will require a postsecondary education or training. If the United States is going to continue to lead in the 21st Century economy, we must ensure that we have a highly educated and highly skilled workforce. Congress can support this effort through continued investments in Pell grants, the TRIO program, and other resources that are proven to lower costs and increase accessibility to a postsecondary degree.
"The demand for skilled workers is increasing in a rapidly-changing economy, and yet the number of qualified workers is inadequate to meet current demand. Congress must work to expand more opportunities for high school graduates to attend career and technical education programs to help prepare our students for the jobs of the future, and I’m proud to have co-authored the America’s College Promise Act, which offers two free years of community college for more than 9 million students at 1,300 community colleges across the country. This legislation is a long-term investment that is good for our economy, for our students, and for our future."
Source: Candidate's Website 2019