Pelosi pushes affordable college plan in Pennsylvania
House of Commons Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in suburban Philadelphia on Friday morning, anxious to miss out on her recent talks with President Donald Trump.
“I don’t care and I’m not even going,” Pelosi told media in a brief question-and-answer session. “What we need to do is focus on our goal.”
Pelosi’s goal at Delaware County Community College was to promote the House Democrats’ plans to make the university more affordable. During an hour-long conversation, she made special mention of the Aim higher, a proposal that would strengthen federal Pell Grants and encourage states to make two-year colleges free.
Other Democrats pushed for bills that would make all public universities tuition free or even ensure that students graduate debt free.
Pelosi appeared alongside two local Democratic representatives, first-term lawmakers Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-05) and Madeleine Dean (PA-04).
Tension between Trump and leaders in the Democratic-controlled House increased this week after Pelosi said the president was “engaged in a cover-up.”
Following those comments, Trump abruptly left a meeting with Democratic leaders on infrastructure.
A war of words soon followed. Pelosi told a press conference Thursday that Trump’s aides “should stage an intervention for the good of the country.” On the same day, Trump called Pelosi “insane”, questioned her sanity by saying “she lost it” and tweeted an edited video to highlight her stumbling over words at a conference. hurry.
Asked about the video in particular, Pelosi deviated.
“An incident like yesterday, I’m done with it,” she said. “We are on our own path.”
On the path to college affordability, Pelosi outlined the House leadership priorities.
These priorities include modernizing and expanding Pell Grants, “significantly increased funding” for community colleges, pushing states to reduce the cost of public universities, and reducing “profit” in the student loan business.
Pelosi kept special vitriol for some private loan providers, which she accused of setting sky-high interest rates.
“It is shameful. It’s criminal. It’s shylock. It is wear and tear. It’s terrible, ”Pelosi said, referring specifically to private loans for graduate students.
The term “shylock” refers to a Shakespearean character whom some consider to be a anti-Semitic stereotype. The term landed politicians in Hot water before. This includes former Vice President Joe Biden, who used the word in reference to those who make predatory loans to the military.