One of the most important gifts we can give to our children and grandchildren is a quality education. Education is the key that unlocks the door to opportunity and is critical in preparing the next generation for an increasingly competitive global economy. With so much at stake in Virginia and across the country, I will continue working in Congress to pass legislation to enable our state and local communities to better target their resources to best serve the needs of their students. I look forward to continuing to receive input from teachers, principals, local and state administrators, and parents as we work to further strengthen our education system.
I am a cosponsor of H.R. 529, which expands and the improves the 529 college savings accounts that millions of Americans depend on to help save for college. This legislation passed the House with an overwhelming vote of 401-20.
I introduced H. Res. 26, a bipartisan resolution opposing the President’s proposal to create a college ratings system. H. Res. 26 strongly supports the quality and value of diversity in our higher education system and makes clear that the Administration’s proposed college ratings system is not feasible, and if attempted, would decrease choice, diversity, and innovation. It is not the place of the federal government, through a ratings system, to attempt to measure the value of an individual’s education.
I voted in support of the Smarter Solutions for Students Act last Congress (H.R. 1911), which moved federal student loans originating after July 1, 2013, to a market-based interest rate. I supported this legislation because it removes politicians from the student loan equation and provides peace of mind that student loan repayments will be stable into the future.