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* Supported H.R. 5, The College Student Relief Act, which makes college more accessible and affordable by cutting the interest rates on subsidized student loans in half from 6.8 percent to 3.4 percent.

* Introduced legislation to expand the Summer Simplified Food Program nationwide. Currently, the program, which provides up to two meals a day to children age 18 and under during the summer, is only available in 26 states. New Jersey is not included. Children in New Jersey and other states should have easy access to the nutritious food their bodies need to keep them learning and engaged throughout the summer. This legislation passed the House as part of the FY 2008 Agriculture Appropriations bill.

* Supported the College Cost Reduction and Access Act, which contains the single largest investment in college financial assistance since the 1944 GI Bill. The legislation, which was signed into law in September 2007, cuts interest rates in half on need-based college loans, provides tuition assistance for undergraduate students who agree to teach in public schools and provides loan repayment for those who enter public service careers.


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