Biden higher education plan includes two years of free community college

James Marshall
October 9, 2019

She also plans to work with Congress to expand "clean energy bonds" for community groups, put more money into clean water efforts, and make it easier for vulnerable residents to move out of flood-prone areas - a "higher ground" pitch that 2020 Democratic presidential rival Andrew Yang has made.

The plan formalizes measures that Biden has frequently discussed on the campaign trail. Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday released a plan meant to deliver "environmental justice" to communities most affected by climate change - one of the key priorities for activists championing the Green New Deal being pushed by Ms. Warren and other liberals in Congress.

Biden, instead, proposes waiving $10,000 per year - up to five years - for those with public service jobs, such as teachers and members of the military. "Their kids do better in school, their families can go from just paying the bills to actually planning for the future and their employers are able to fill critical jobs".

Biden raised $15.2 million for the quarter, while Sanders, who is third at 14.6 percent in the polls, raked in $25.3 million for the period, the most of any Democratic 2020 candidate.

Similarly, Biden's plans on student debt are less ambitious than his two main progressive challengers.

He would guarantee that those earning less than $25,000 owe nothing on their undergraduate federal student loans, while everyone else's payments are capped at 5% of their discretionary income above $25,000 - halving the current 10% cap.

Warren, 70, a progressive senator from MA, has campaigned strongly through the summer, while centrist former vice president Joe Biden, 76, has been hit by health concerns and gaffes.

"We reject any premise that his plan is not equally bold as those plans", an adviser told reporters on a call previewing the policy.

US Senator Elizabeth Warren is leading the polls for the first time for the Democratic nomination for next year's presidential election.

"I think we can change the nature of the campaign a bit, make sure that I have the strength to do what I have to do".

Biden's plan would also allocate $70 billion for investments in historically black colleges and universities, minority-serving institutions and tribal colleges and universities.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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