USSA Bittersweet Victory
The House of Representatives passed HR 1586 with the $10 billion for education jobs and college spending stabilization that we fought for! At a time when over 30 states are set to cut their higher education budgets, this legislation will help ensure states maintain at least last year’s college funding levels. Well done!
But this victory is bittersweet, as some of these funds come from a $12 billion cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as Food Stamps, on which over 40 million low-income people depend. With over $1 trillion being spent on military operations in the Middle East, it is deeply concerning that our government doesn’t have the political will to use a fraction of that money to help both feed and educate people.
Today’s vote demonstrates that the work of the student movement is necessary to advance long-term policy goals that strengthen all communities, not pit one against the other in a zero-sum fight for federal funding. We will continue to advocate for higher education spending that is responsible and that reflects our vision of a just society.
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Lindsay McCluskey, USSA President