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College Cost Reduction Act of 2007

Floor Speech

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Location: Washington, DC

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Ms. HIRONO. Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of the College Cost Reduction Act, the largest increase in college aid since the GI bill, and I especially thank Chairman Miller for his leadership.

This legislation will make college more affordable and accessible for students in Hawaii and across America. It will do so at no new cost to taxpayers.

Keeping America competitive requires an educated workforce prepared for high-skilled jobs. Beyond preparing our youth for careers, education is vital for the full development of an individual.

College costs have skyrocketed beyond the needs of many students and their families, and as a result, students in Hawaii and elsewhere are holding off going to college or skipping it all together, and those who do attend college are taking on increasing amounts of debt.

So this bill is of critical importance because the hardworking families I represent need this help.

I also want to mention a few other provisions in this legislation that are very important to me. As a member of this committee, I worked to increase funding for colleges and universities for native Hawaiians and Alaska natives $30 million over the next 5 years. For this and many other reasons, I rise in strong support of this measure.

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Ms. HIRONO. Mr. Speaker, I ask permission to revise and extend my remarks.

I rise in support of the College Cost Reduction Act, the largest increase in college aid since the G.I. bill, and I thank especially Chairman Miller for his leadership.

This legislation will make college more affordable and more accessible for students in Hawai`i and across America.

It will do so at no new cost to taxpayers.

Keeping America competitive requires an educated workforce prepared for high skilled jobs.

Beyond preparing our youth for careers, education is vital for the full development of an individual.

College costs have skyrocketed beyond the means of many students and their families. As a result, many students in Hawai`i and elsewhere are holding off on going to college or skipping it altogether. And those who do attend college are taking on increasing amounts of debt, so this bill is of critical importance to the hard-working families I represent.

I also want to mention a few other provisions in this legislation that are especially important to me: As a member of the Education and Labor Committee, I worked to increase funding for colleges and universities serving Native Hawaiians and Alaska Natives by $30 million over the next 5 years.

We also included a $10 million investment in institutions serving Asian and Pacific Islander populations that historically have had low education attainment.

This legislation includes the provisions from my Early Educator Loan Forgiveness bill that provides college loan forgiveness for graduates who enter the field of early education to encourage more of them to pursue this field.

For these reasons and more, I am proud to support this legislation.


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