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Cicilline Applauds State Efforts to Keep College Costs Low

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On the heels of the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education's finance committee's decision to approve a 2013-2014 budget that will not raise tuition or student fees, U.S. Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) praised the committee's action and pledged to continue fighting in Congress to keep tuition costs low for Rhode Island families.

"Education is the single most important factor in putting our young people on the road to success," said Cicilline. "I applaud the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education's finance committee for their work on this important issue. I will continue to push for commonsense solutions at the federal level so Rhode Island families have access to education and job training services."

As part of his efforts to put Rhode Islanders back to work in well-paying jobs, Cicilline has stressed the importance of expanding access to affordable education and workforce training programs for all Americans. During negotiations on interest rates for Subsidized Federal Stafford Loans, Cicilline hosted a Call to Action at Rhode Island College for area students, parents, and businesses. Cicilline also encouraged Rhode Islanders to share their experiences with student loan debt through his website and join his efforts to press the House Republican leadership to prevent student loan interest rates from doubling.

After Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) proposed a controversial budget outline that would, among other provisions, allow student loan interest rates to double while also cutting $166 billion from education, workforce, and training programs over 10 years, Cicilline slammed the proposal as "political posturing" by extremists in the Republican caucus.

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