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Education Funding Vetoed, Democrats Press on With Policy Proposal

by Charles Dervarics

President Bush has vetoed a 2008 education budget bill that many advocates had championed for its proposed increases in student financial aid and college-access programs, but that he said was too expensive. It was unclear at press time if the House and Senate could muster a two-thirds majority to bring into law the bill that would have raised the maximum Pell Grant to $4,925.   

Meanwhile, House Democrats are proposing new legislation to strengthen college-access programs and authorize more funding for many initiatives aimed at low-income college students.

The College Opportunity and Affordability Act would allow year-round Pell Grants, among other things.

–Charles Dervarics

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