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OPINION – Political gridlock exists. Consensus can be achieved by boosting education and the work force

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Education and access to education are directly linked to economic growth. There are key education laws that, despite the dysfunction of Congress, particularly over border issues and aid to foreign countries, can be used as models for resolving other issues.

A few weeks back, two pieces of legislation which could improve our economy by improving education and workforce training passed the Committee on Education and the Workforce with broad and bipartisan backing. This demonstrated that consensus was not only possible and practicable but also achievable.

The success of these bipartisan solutions could break down walls of division and better the lives of our nation’s students while bolstering our cities’ economies.

Mid-December, both Virginia Foxx (chairwoman of the Republican Committee) and Bobby Scott (ranking Democratic member), who cosponsored the legislation, supported the Bipartisan Workforce Act.

The bill would provide Pell Grants for tuition assistance in short-term education or training that is directly related to career options, thus reducing the costs to all students ,…



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