Democrats Promise to Fight Pell Grant Cuts

Senate Democrats, led by Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa, say they will fight any cuts in the federal Pell Grant program, for which spending has ballooned to the point that the Obama administration admits it can’t be maintained.

In its 2012 budget proposal for the Department of Education, the administration called the program’s growth "rapid and unsustainable," but despite the grim numbers and Republican proposals for big cuts, Mr. Harkin on Monday said Pell Grants must be protected against any reductions.

"Any reduction to the Pell program would come at a much higher cost for our country down the road," Mr. Harkin, chairman of the Health, Education Labor and Pensions Committee, told The Washington Times, adding that while “tough budget decisions” are needed, Congress must raise taxes and cut spending elsewhere while “continuing to make investments in education.”

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THE WASHINGTON TIMES

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