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Issue Position: Access to Education

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We must again make college affordable so everyone can get a high paying job and to provide American companies with the skilled workers they need. I voted in favor of the greatest increase to Pell Grants ever, so that we can ensure robust financial aid is available so students from every background can get a degree.

And we must not slip further in the science and technology that made our nation great. The U.S. used to be a leader. Today, we are 20th in the world in graduation rates in these fields. That's why I offered an amendment to the America COMPETES Act to help college students in science, engineering and math, particularly women and underrepresented minorities, transition from 2-year to 4-year academic institutions. But we can do more by strengthening academic standards and promoting teaching careers in these areas.


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