Chairman Crowley Statement on House Republicans’ Higher Education Bill

December 2, 2017

(Queens, NY) – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY) released the following statement after House Republicans introduced a hollow reauthorization of the Higher Education Act:

“This proposal from House Republican is woefully inadequate. The Higher Education Act is an important piece of Civil Rights-era legislation that put within reach a college education for millions of Americans for the first time.

“That is why the Republican proposal is so disappointing. Without a reauthorization of the Perkins Loan program and inadequate funding for Pell Grants, it does nothing to address the serious issue of college affordability, which is preventing far too many eager young men and women from obtaining a higher education. Any attempt to reauthorize HEA without addressing this worsening problem is not a serious effort.”