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STATEMENT: Generation Progress’ Maggie Thompson on House Appropriations Draft Bill Cutting Year-Round Pell

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 7, 2016

CONTACT: Kyle Epstein, 202-481-8137

kepstein@americanprogress.org

Washington, D.C.—Today, the House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) subcommittee marked up the 2017 FY Labor-H Appropriations Bill, highlighted by sweeping cuts to Pell and deregulation of higher education institutions. Maggie Thompson, Executive Director of Generation Progress, issued the following statement in response:

“Eliminating $1.3 billion from the Pell Grant program cuts off a critical lifeline for millions of vulnerable Americans who already struggle to make ends meet. As the cost of college soars to record highs, hardworking students do not deserve to see their higher education ambitions evaporate. Further, this bill will eliminate apprenticeship expansion efforts and gut gainful employment – a minimum educational attainment baseline for career colleges. These cuts will expose students to a higher education system that values profit over learning. Fully funding Pell Grants is essential for our country to truly compete in a modern economy. If this vital program does not fully function, we – as a generation, and as a country – will be at a severe disadvantage and sell ourselves tragically short.”

For more information or to speak with an expert, contact Kyle Epstein at kepstein@americanprogress.org or 202.481.8137

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