House Speaker Nancy Pelosi came to Delaware County Community College in Media Friday to talk about making college affordable, and seemed eager to move on from recent, high-profile spats with President Donald Trump, writes Avi Wolfman-Arent for WHYY.org.
“I don’t care about that and I’m not even going there,” Pelosi told the media in attendance.
She was at the college to promote the Aim Higher Act, a proposal that would beef up federal Pell Grants and incentivize states to make two-year colleges free.
Other Democrats have pushed bills that would make all public universities tuition free or even guarantee that students graduate debt free.
Pelosi appeared alongside two local Democratic representatives, first-term legislators Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-05) and Madeleine Dean (PA-04).
Priorities should include modernizing and expanding Pell Grants, “vastly increased funding” for community colleges, incentivizing states to lower the cost of public universities and curtailing the “profit motive’ in the student loan business.
Pelosi saved special vitriol for certain private loan purveyors, who she accused of setting exorbitant interest rates.
“It’s disgraceful. It’s criminal. It’s shylock. It’s usury. It’s terrible,” said Pelosi, referring specifically to private loans for graduate students.
Read more about Pelosi’s visit here.