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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced a bill Wednesday to make college tuition completely free for families earning less than $125,000 per year – paid for by a tax on Wall Street transactions that would haul in $2.4 trillion over a decade.

Sanders has introduced similar legislation for years, and touted it as a presidential candidate for the Democratic nomination. This time, his proposal comes with Democrat Joe Biden in the White House – and following negotiations of a Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force meant to bring wings of the party together after a divisive 2020 primary.

‘In the wealthiest country in the history of the world, a higher education should be a right for all, not a privilege for the few,’ Sanders, a Vermont Independent, said in a statement.[…]

Bernie Sanders introduces bill to make college FREE for millions of Americans — Daily Mail

Bernie Sanders introduces legislation to make college tuition-free, debt-free — True North Reports

WASHINGTON -– Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) Wednesday introduced the College for All Act to open up the dream of a college degree to millions of working-class children. The legislation would make the most substantial federal investment in higher education in the modern history of the United States and its transformative potential is on par with President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Higher Education Act of 1965.[…]

Bernie Sanders introduces legislation to make college tuition-free, debt-free — True North Reports

Sanders, Leahy bill: free college for all — Vermont Daily

Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) today introduced the College for All Act “the most substantial federal investment in higher education in the modern history of the United States,” a statement from the Sanders office said.

While the Biden Administration reviews how much student debt the president can cancel without Congress, this bill is modeled directly after the Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force proposal and the Plan for Education Beyond High School that President Biden campaigned on.

“In the 21st century, a free public education system that goes from kindergarten through high school is no longer good enough,” Sanders said. “The time is long overdue to make public colleges and universities tuition-free and debt-free for working families.” 

The legislation if passed would guarantee tuition-free community college for all students, and allow students from families earning under $125,000 a year to attend public and/or minority-serving colleges and universities tuition-free and debt-free. The bill also allocates $10 billion annually to cover student support programs at minority-serving schools. […]

Sanders, Leahy bill: free college for all — Vermont Daily