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College Access and Opportunity Act of 2005

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Location: Washington, DC


COLLEGE ACCESS AND OPPORTUNITY ACT OF 2005 -- (House of Representatives - March 29, 2006)

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Mr. CANTOR. Mr. Chairman, I thank the gentlewoman and I would like to commend her, too, on her leadership in bringing this amendment forward along with the gentleman from New Jersey as well as the Rules Chairman from California.

I think it is important to note that there is a cry of unison here that we all must stand for the continued expansion of our American economy, the continued leadership of this country. It is my opinion we should hold as a goal that we should double this economy of ours in the next 10 years.

The way to do that is to promote math and science education. We have all seen the evidence of the fact that our competition is leaping ahead of us in terms of graduating math and science PhDs and other graduate students. We have got to get back in the game. This amendment will allow us to do just that. It will strengthen our ability to compete in the 24-7 global economy. I am glad to hear the other side, and the gentleman from New Jersey indicate that this will increase the level of discourse and discussion in the classroom by the participation of adjunct faculty.

This amendment does not create a new program. Rather, it is an innovative, fiscally responsible approach that overhauls and updates an existing program.

Over time, it will increase the number of science, technology, engineering and math graduates in America. I commend the gentlewoman for her leadership.

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