Bernie Sanders is introducing a free college bill again, but this time he has a team of high profile Democrats behind him.
The Independent senator from Vermont introduced the College For All Act on Monday with co-sponsors including Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, New York’s Kirsten Gillibrand, California’s Kamala Harris, and Connecticut’s Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy.
“Higher education in America should be a right for all, not a privilege for the few,” Sanders said. “If we are to succeed in a highly competitive global economy and have the best-educated workforce in the world, public colleges and universities must become tuition-free for working families and we must substantially reduce student debt.”
The College for All Act aims to give states and tribes at least $41 billion dollars per year to end tuition and fees at four-year public colleges and universities for American families making up to $125,000 a year, and makes community college free for everyone. Sanders proposed a tax on trades of Wall Street stocks, bonds, and derivatives to fund the $600 billion plan, however this bill does not address that aspect of the funding, according to a fact sheet by Sanders’ office. The Wall Street tax will be proposed in a separate bill.
Washington’s Rep. Primila Jayapal is introducing a version of the bill in the House of Representatives, with a long list of co-sponsors, including Minnesota Representative Keith Ellison.
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