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College Student Relief Act of 2007

Location: Washington, DC



Mr. BACA. Madam Speaker, first of all, I would like to thank the chairman, Mr. Miller, for carrying this legislation. It is very important to thousands of students and giving them the accessibility to education. It is about time.

As Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, I believe this bill is a good start in helping Hispanic students across the Nation. I thank Congressman RUBÉN HINOJOSA as Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Education Taskforce for working to ensure Hispanic students have equal opportunity. Let's make sure that college is affordable and accessible for all students.

We need to prepare our students to make sure that we have a workforce for the 21st century. The only way we can do that is to make sure that all students have access to affordable education.

We know that most of the students right now are relying on student loans. Forty-one percent right now have increased the student loans since the year 2001. So more students are relying on student loans. We want to make sure that it is affordable for every student.

Hispanics: 33 percent of Hispanics in their communities are under the age of 18 and the number of Hispanics attending colleges are growing in numbers. We want to make sure that they have access and an opportunity to fulfill their goals. It is not just about attending college. It is about completing college and making sure they become part of our workforce. In order to have a strong America, we must make sure that they fulfill their dream and opportunity. I am like many of those, the first one out of a family of 15 that was able to graduate; out of 15, the first one to graduate and obtain college. I went through the military, obtained the GI bill, obtained loans.

We want to make sure it is accessible and individuals have that opportunity. An educated nation is a successful nation. The only way we can do that is providing this service.

I encourage everyone to support H.R. 5. I thank Mr. Miller for carrying this legislation and caring about many individuals, and I thank my colleague across the aisle too as well, because he has cared about education.

We need to support this legislation to make sure that every student has access to affordable education, to make sure that we have the workforce that meets the needs of the 21st century.


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