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15-H2962 on Jul 8, 2015

Bill Sponsorship: making two years of community college free
Source: S.1716 & H.R.2962
Excerpts from press release from Tammy Baldwin, Senate sponsor: The America's College Promise Act makes two years of community college free by:
  • Providing a federal match of $3 for every $1 invested by the state to waive community college tuition and fees for eligible students;
  • Ensuring that programs offer academic credits which are fully transferable to four-year institutions in their state;
  • Establishing a new grant program to provide pathways to success at minority-serving institutions by helping them cover a significant portion of tuition and fees for the first two years of attendance for low-income students.
Community, technical, and tribal colleges enroll 40% of all college students today. Community colleges are uniquely positioned to partner with employers to create tailored training programs to meet economic needs within their communities such as nursing and advanced manufacturing.

Opposing argument: (Cato Institute, "College Courtesy of the Taxpayer? No Thanks," Jan. 9, 2015): One look at either community college outcomes or labor market outlooks reveals free college to be educational folly. Community college completion rates are atrocious: a mere 19.5% of community college students complete their programs. Meanwhile, the for-profit sector has an almost 63% completion rate. And [about 70%] of the new job categories in coming years will require a high school diploma or less.

Opposing argument: (Heritage Foundation, "Free Community College Is a Bad Deal", July 15, 2016): Free college proposals would subject community colleges to the same types of subsidies-induced inflation endemic at four-year institutions. And low-income students already have access to federal Pell Grants, which can cover the bulk of community college tuition. By contrast, a more open market of alternative schooling models, such as online or vocational education programs, could better tailor degrees at a lower cost. Also see Senate version S.1716

    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 27. Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Education
  • Headline: Make two years of community college free (Score: 2)

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.

Democrats participating in 15-H2962

Alma Adams s1sNorth Carolina Democratic House MemberJul 8, 2015
Pete Aguilar s1sCalifornia Democratic House MemberJul 29, 2015
Karen Bass s1sCalifornia DemocratSep 25, 2015
Joyce Beatty s1sOhio DemocratFeb 9, 2016
Xavier Becerra s1sCalifornia DemocratSep 12, 2016
Earl Blumenauer s1sOregon DemocratJul 8, 2015
Suzanne Bonamici s1sOregon DemocratJul 8, 2015
Brendan Boyle s1sPennsylvania Democratic House MemberJul 8, 2015
Robert Brady s1sPennsylvania DemocratJul 6, 2016
Corrine Brown s1sFlorida DemocratJul 8, 2015
Julia Brownley s1sCalifornia DemocratNov 16, 2016
Lois Capps s1sCalifornia Democrat (retiring 2016)Jul 8, 2015
Tony Cardenas s1sCalifornia DemocratJul 1, 2016
Matt Cartwright s1sPennsylvania DemocratJul 6, 2016
Kathy Castor s1sFlorida DemocratDec 18, 2015
Judy Chu s1sCalifornia DemocratJul 8, 2015
David Cicilline s1sRhode Island DemocratJul 8, 2015
Katherine Clark s1sMassachusetts DemocratJul 8, 2015
Yvette Clarke s1sNew York DemocratJul 6, 2016
James Clyburn s1sSouth Carolina DemocratJul 8, 2015
Steve Cohen s1sTennessee DemocratMar 16, 2016
Bonnie Watson Coleman s1sNew Jersey Democratic House MemberFeb 11, 2016
John Conyers s1sMichigan DemocratJul 8, 2015
Elijah Cummings s1sMaryland DemocratSep 19, 2016
Danny Davis s1sIllinois DemocratJul 8, 2015
Susan Davis s1sCalifornia DemocratDec 18, 2015
John Delaney s1sMaryland DemocratJul 8, 2015
Mark DeSaulnier s1sCalifornia Democratic House MemberJul 8, 2015
Tammy Duckworth s1sIL Democratic Senate candidateFeb 25, 2016
Donna Edwards s1sMaryland Democrat (retiring 2016)Jul 8, 2015
Eliot Engel s1sNew York Democrat/LiberalDec 18, 2015
Anna Eshoo s1sCalifornia DemocratJul 8, 2015
Chaka Fattah s1sPennsylvania DemocratJul 8, 2015
Bill Foster s1sIllinois DemocratDec 18, 2015
Marcia Fudge s1sOhio DemocratJul 8, 2015
John Garamendi s1sCalifornia DemocratJul 6, 2016
Alan Grayson s1sFL Democratic Senate candidateOct 28, 2015
Al Green s1sTexas DemocratJul 8, 2015
Gene Green s1sTexas DemocratJul 8, 2015
Raul Grijalva s1sArizona DemocratJul 8, 2015
Luis Gutierrez s1sIllinois DemocratJul 8, 2015
Janice Hahn s1sCalifornia Democrat (retiring 2016)Jul 8, 2015
Alcee Hastings s1sFlorida DemocratSep 25, 2015
Ruben Hinojosa s1sTexas DemocratJul 8, 2015
Jared Huffman s1sCalifornia DemocratApr 18, 2016
Hakeem Jeffries s1sNew York DemocratJul 8, 2015
Hank Johnson s1sGeorgia DemocratJul 1, 2016
Marcy Kaptur s1sOhio DemocratSep 25, 2015
Robin Kelly s1sIllinois DemocratApr 26, 2016
Derek Kilmer s1sWashington DemocratJul 8, 2015
Ron Kind s1sWI Former Democratic challenger (2012)Jul 8, 2015
Ann Kirkpatrick s1sArizona Democrat (retiring 2016)Oct 28, 2015
James Langevin s1sRhode Island DemocratJul 6, 2016
John Larson s1sConnecticut DemocratJul 8, 2015
Barbara Lee s1sCalifornia DemocratJul 8, 2015
Sander Levin s1sMichigan DemocratJul 8, 2015
John Lewis s1sGeorgia DemocratJul 8, 2015
Ted Lieu s1sCalifornia Democratic House MemberJul 8, 2015
David Loebsack s1sIowa DemocratDec 18, 2015
Alan Lowenthal s1sCalifornia DemocratSep 25, 2015
Ben Ray Lujan s1sNew Mexico DemocratJul 8, 2015
Doris Matsui s1sCalifornia DemocratJul 29, 2015
Betty McCollum s1sMinnesota DemocratJul 14, 2016
Jim McDermott s1sWashington DemocratJul 8, 2015
Jerry McNerney s1sCalifornia DemocratJul 29, 2015
Gregory Meeks s1sNew York Dem./Working-FamiliesJul 6, 2016
Gwen Moore s1sWisconsin DemocratJul 8, 2015
Seth Moulton s1sMassachusetts Democratic House MemberJul 8, 2015
Grace Napolitano s1sCalifornia DemocratJul 8, 2015
Richard Neal s1sMassachusetts DemocratDec 18, 2015
Donald Norcross s1sNew Jersey Democratic House MemberJul 8, 2015
Eleanor Holmes Norton s1sDistrict of Columbia DemocratJul 8, 2015
Beto O`Rourke s1sTexas DemocratJul 6, 2016
Bill Pascrell s1sNew Jersey DemocratJul 8, 2015
Mark Pocan s1sWisconsin DemocratJul 8, 2015
Mike Quigley s1sIllinois DemocratMay 13, 2016
Charles Rangel s1sNew York Dem./Lib. (retiring 2016)Jul 8, 2015
Cedric Richmond s1sLouisiana DemocratJul 8, 2015
Lucille Roybal-Allard s1sCalifornia DemocratJul 8, 2015
Bobby Rush s1sIllinois DemocratJul 8, 2015
Linda Sanchez s1sCalifornia DemocratJul 8, 2015
Loretta Sanchez s1sCA Democratic Senate candidateJul 8, 2015
Adam Schiff s1sCalifornia DemocratJul 8, 2015
Jose Serrano s1sNew York Democrat/LiberalJul 8, 2015
Terri Sewell s1sAlabama DemocratDec 18, 2015
Jackie Speier s1sCalifornia DemocratJul 6, 2016
Eric Swalwell s1sCalifornia DemocratJul 8, 2015
Mark Takai s1sHawaii Democratic House MemberJul 8, 2015
Mark Takano s1sCalifornia DemocratJul 8, 2015
Bennie Thompson s1sMississippi DemocratJul 1, 2016
Dina Titus s1sNevada DemocratJul 7, 2016
Norma Torres s1sCalifornia Democratic House MemberJul 8, 2015
Chris Van Hollen s1sMaryland Democrat (retiring 2016)Jul 8, 2015
Juan Vargas s1sCalifornia DemocratOct 28, 2015
Marc Veasey s1sTexas DemocratJul 29, 2015
Debbie Wasserman Schultz s1sFlorida DemocratOct 6, 2015
Frederica Wilson s1sFlorida DemocratJul 8, 2015
John Yarmuth s1sKentucky DemocratJul 8, 2015

Republicans participating in 15-H2962

Independents participating in 15-H2962

Madeleine Bordallo s1sGuam DelegateJul 8, 2015

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 98
Republicans: 0
Independents: 1

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