D.C.) — Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) Thursday excoriated President
education budget which, according to the Washington
Post, proposes to
eliminate more than $10.65 billion
in public education in order to funnel money into “school
up in a working class family in which neither of my parents attended
but all eight of my brothers and sisters and me went through the public
system and on to college,” said Larsen in a statement issued by his office.
know how important education is for building a better life. By putting
education on the chopping block, especially programs targeted to
students, the Trump administration is standing between young people in
District and the skills and training they need to access jobs of the
should go without saying, but that is the wrong message to send young
the wrong way to grow the economy. Just yesterday, a nine-year-old girl
my office and asked what I would do to make college more affordable for
response is to oppose this budget.”
the Post reported the
President’s plan would cut $168
million from career and technical education programs, $700 million in
loans for disadvantaged students, $490 million from the work-study
public service loan forgiveness and take a first step toward ending
the programs noted in the graph at upper right (click to enlarge) would be
eliminated in Fiscal Year 2018.
Earlier this month, Rep.
Larsen visited Liberty Elementary’ s 21st Century
Community Learning Center, a program run by the
for Better Schools in partnership with the Marysville School District.
This after school program
provides academic, artistic and cultural enrichment opportunities in
help students meet state and local achievement standards. Larsen also recently
High School, where he
learned about the school’s Career and Technical Education Program and
In February, the Congressman
reintroduced his Youth
Access for American Jobs Act which
seeks to help students access
good-paying American manufacturing jobs by creating partnerships
schools, community colleges, and state apprenticeships.
There are as many as 25,000
unfilled science, technology, engineering and mathematics jobs in
state, according to the Boston Consulting Group and according to the
of Labor, workers who complete apprenticeships earn $50,000 annually on
Larsen’s bill is designed to
support students starting in high school, through an associate’s degree
into an apprenticeship, thus helping them become "job-ready" quickly
in February Larsen teamed up with Republican
Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) to introduce legislation aimed
at reducing the financial burden on
veterans seeking higher education by making application fees eligible
Post 9/11 GI Bill.
bipartisan H.R. 1206, the Reducing
Barriers for Veterans Education Act of 2017, would
allow the Post 9/11 GI Bill to cover up to
$750 of applications to colleges, universities, graduate schools, as
technical and vocational schools.
Information for this report was
provided by Rep. Larsen's office