Rep. Rangel: Free College ‘Important to The Security’ of U.S.

Eric Scheiner
By Eric Scheiner | January 20, 2015 | 10:20 AM EST

Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) says two years of free college “is really so important to the security of the United States of America.”

In a TellDC video posted on YouTube last Friday, Rangel says, “The president’s recommendation that we have two years of free college is really so important to the security of the United States of America.”

Rangel goes on to explain, “Even though we are very pleased with the economic growth that we have - no one can deny that our middle class is hurting and it’s very difficult for them to make ends meet on their salaries.”

“The cost of living has shot up but the diversity between, uh, the disparity between the rich and the poor is something we have to overcome. Education – just as the G.I. Bill did it- is the only answer to close this gap.”

“Now that we're talking about the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Transatlantic Investment trade bills now more than ever, we have to make certain that we have our people, and especially our young people trained to accept these international challenges,” Rangel continues.

“So it’s not just the two years in tuition, it should be part of the trade bill to build America up in technology so we’ll have the skills to meet the challenges.”

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Eric Scheiner
Eric Scheiner
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