STATEMENT BY AASCU PRESIDENT MILDRED GARCÍA, ED.D, ON THE 2018 BIPARTISAN BUDGET AGREEMENT

When Congress works together to navigate the challenges we face, it produces better outcomes for the American people. The bipartisan congressional budget agreement announced today, which we are pleased to support, is a timely example of this. It addresses our national priorities, including federal investments in higher education and additional new resources to programs that promote college completion and affordability over the next two years.

Now, having successfully bridged the partisan divide on difficult budgetary matters, I call on this Congress to come together again and resolve the status of the nation’s Dreamers once and for all. There is no justification for further delays and partisan rancor on resolving an issue on which both sides of the aisle and the vast majority of Americans are in agreement.

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