Top 10 Reasons to Reject Ryan Continues...
Have you been following our countdown of the 10 terrifying Ryan budget facts? #5. CLOSING COLLEGE DOORS TO LOW-INCOME STUDENTS.
RYAN’S PLAN: Cut spending on Pell Grants--the federal government’s principal needs-based college aid program--by some 15 percent, reducing the maximum grant amount by over $800 dollars and tightening eligibility criteria.
WHAT’S WRONG WITH IT: Increasing access to higher education for low-income students is absolutely essential to narrowing America’s widening wealth gap. It’s estimated that the cut in Pell Grant funding means 61,000 fewer students will earn their Bachelor's degree. (read more)
Deficit-reduction negotiations among the Administration and Congressional leaders resume tomorrow. The goal is to rein in spiraling government debt, with the requirement to raise the nation’s borrowing authority before August 2nd, the informal deadline for the talks. Progressives continue to worry that any agreement reached will disproportionately affect those who can least afford further sacrifice (children, the elderly, lower-income Americans), and too little from those who can (multinational corporations, the hyper-rich). One hopeful sign is that House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s plan to convert Medicare into an insufficient voucher program has been shelved for now.
New ADA Proposal in the Congressional Record
ADA's President, U.S. Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), submitted testimony on the organization's behalf about our new progressive agenda for jobs, rejuvenating the economy, saving Social Security, and raising the minimum wage. Special thanks to Rep. Woolsey and ADA board members Mary von Euler and Paul Crist for their roles in making this happen. Read ADA's agenda here!
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