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New College Affordability Package Would Carry on FDR's Legacy

WASHINGTON - The following is a statement from Nancy Altman, President of Social Security Works, in reaction to the new college affordability package from Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), and Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN):

 "The vision of Social Security — the comprehensive economic security that President Franklin Roosevelt and his closest advisers recognized that all of us need — includes and rests on a guaranteed quality education. In the 21st century, with its technological advances, today’s work often requires more than a high school diploma. Free college should be a right for everyone in America, just as free K-12 education is. As part of that comprehensive Social Security, those who find themselves caught in the web of indebtedness for the "crime" of seeking a higher education should have those debts cancelled. 
Kudos to Representatives Omar and Jayapal, and to Senator Sanders for their legislation, which will increase the economic security of not just those who directly benefit, but the economic security of all of us."

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