Congressman Tim Ryan Fights to Make College More Affordable
Washington DC – Congressman Tim Ryan offered an amendment yesterday evening during the House Budget Committee's Markup of the Paul Ryan Republican Budget resolution. Congressman Ryan’s amendment would have rejected the Republican budget resolution’s elimination of mandatory Pell grant funding. This amendment would have restored the $90 billion that the Republicans irresponsibly cut and give that money back to the American college student. The House Budget Committee rejected this amendment by a party line vote.
“The rejection of this amendment shows that House Republicans put special interest tax breaks ahead of the education our children,” said Congressman Ryan. “Pell grants make obtaining a college degree possible for 31,000 Ohio students and 9 million students across the United States this year alone. I understand that we need to balance our nation’s budget, but we should not do so on the backs of our American students trying to better their lives.”
Congressman Tim Ryan’s amendment offset the increased funding (due to the re-installment of the Pell grant funding) by an equal amount of revenue from reducing or eliminating tax breaks for big oil companies, eliminating corporate loopholes that encourage outsourcing of American jobs, and implementing selected tax reform proposals from the Republican Tax Reform Act of 2014.