Biden is reportedly cutting free community college from Democrats' social-spending bill
Added 10-19-21 10:14:02pm EST - “Education Sec. Miguel Cardona expressed concerns free community college would be cut as Democrats negotiate the contents of the reconciliation bill.” - Businessinsider.com
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As Democrats plan to reach a framework on their social-spending bill this week, multiple sources familiar with the matter confirmed to CNN on Tuesday that tuition-free community college will not be making the cut.
Early last month, the House education committee unveiled its portion of the reconciliation bill, which included $450 billion to secure universal pre-K for three- and four-year olds and $111 billion to provide two free years of community college, among other things. Per their proposal, states would receive money based on average tuition and fees at community colleges, and in exchange, states would eliminate in-state tuition for students at those colleges.
President Joe Biden met with a range of lawmakers on Tuesday, including moderate Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, to hash out what will realistically end up in the expansive reconciliation bill Democrats are seeking to pass, and as CNN reported, Biden informed House progressives that free community college will not end up in the final bill.
California Rep. Ro Khanna said in a CNN interview that Biden still planned to provide "community college scholarships" in the bill, and added that the president plans to keep the universal pre-K proposal.
House Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal confirmed to reporters on Tuesday that "it looks like that's probably going to be out," referring to free community college.
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