Democrats have been pushing for free college for years, and they thought they were finally going to get it.
But that was before Joe Biden’s political capital was completely destroyed.
Now Jill Biden is saying that even ‘free’ community college is off the table.
They’re doing this to make their spending bill more enticing to skeptics, but it probably won’t make any difference.
The Hill reports:
Jill Biden: Free community college won’t be in spending bill
First lady Jill Biden confirmed that the administration won’t be able to deliver free community college to Americans, acknowledging that a major provision of President Biden’s economic agenda is off the table.
“Congress hasn’t passed the Build Back Better legislation yet. And free community college is no longer part of that package,” Biden said in remarks at a community college summit on Monday.
“We knew that this wasn’t going to be easy. Joe always said that. Still, like you, I was disappointed because like you, these aren’t just bills or budgets to me, to you, right? We know what they mean for real people, for our students. And it was a real lesson in human nature that some people just don’t get that,” she added.
Two years of free community college to all eligible students was part of Biden’s Build Back Better agenda and a signature initiative for the first lady, who is a longtime community college professor.
Her announcement on Monday at the 2022 Community College National Legislative Summit delivers a major blow to community colleges, which originally were expected to receive $45.5 billion from Build Back Better to waive two years of tuition for students. That funding was intended to last for five years and then would decrease by 5 percent every year after that.
Why is Jill making this announcement?
NEW: Democrats are abandoning the free community college provision in their social spending package that has been stuck in the Senate, Jill Biden announced. https://t.co/Hv8unOaOxD
— Axios (@axios) February 7, 2022
Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are going to lose their minds over this.