After signing health-care bill, Obama's unfinished business
President Obama just signed a huge health-reform and higher-education bill. At Northern Virginia Community College. You’re forgiven if you don’t see the irony.
As Congress crafted its final version of the higher-ed package, estimates of what it would save came out to be billions of dollars lower than they were when the president proposed it. Congress also took some of the projected savings to pay for health-care reform. So lawmakers had to cut some appealing programs Obama had pushed for, including his $12-billion American Graduation Initiative, which was aimed specifically at community colleges. More than a little awkward, then, that a community college was the backdrop for the bill signing.
A politician of Obama’s abilities no doubt recognized this. So I’m guessing it wasn’t a mistake, but a sign of continuing commitment. The president has seemed particularly intent on offering federal help to the community college system, which, he argues, often gets overlooked. And before signing the bill today, he announced that Jill Biden, the vice president’s wife who also teaches at NVCC, will shortly host a White House summit on community colleges. Expect another serious push from Obama on this unfinished business.
| March 30, 2010; 12:06 PM ET
Categories: Stromberg | Tags: Stephen Stromberg
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