Months after the election Bernie Sanders continues to make it clear that he’s not done fighting for free college tuition just yet. In a new bill proposed on Monday the Vermont Senator outlined legislation that would make public colleges and universities tuition-free for students with family income up to $125,000.
The new bill, which Democrats are calling College For All, also would cut student-loan interest rates in half as well as making all community colleges tuition-free. This plan comes as no surprise to those who remember how big a factor competing college plans proposed by himself and Hillary Clinton were this past election. This new plan proposed by Sanders and the Democrats matches up closely with the plan Clinton had offered as a compromise last year. The key difference with this plan and Sanders’ previous plan of free college for all is that this plan is for those with a combined family income of under $125,000.
Sanders announced the new legislation at a rally event where he was joined by Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. “Our job is not just to resist all of Trump’s dumb proposals,” Sanders told the onlooking crowd, “our job is to bring forward a progressive agenda.”
The Vermont Senator later went on to say, “Our economy will not survive in the future unless we have the best-educated work force in the world. Our job, if we are smart, is to do everything possible to make it easier for people to pay for their education — not harder.”
The proposed legislation has no realistic chance of being passed anytime soon but it does offer encouragement to supporters still feeling discouraged after the election. And with several states already proposing tuition-free plans of their own, this legislation might gain some real traction.
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