HIGHER EDUCATION; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 195
(House of Representatives - December 06, 2019)

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                            HIGHER EDUCATION

  (Mr. LEVIN of California asked and was given permission to address 
the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
  Mr. LEVIN of California. Madam Speaker, I am honored to represent the 
University of California at San Diego, which is one of the leading 
research universities in the Nation.
  As I have worked with my friends on the Education and Labor Committee 
to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, I have kept all the incredible 
students at UCSD in mind. I am especially proud of our work to improve 
access for graduate students and ease their financial burden.
  Graduate students are the backbone of research universities, teaching 
and mentoring undergraduates, performing groundbreaking research, and 
innovating the solutions for 21st century problems. Unfortunately, many 
of those same students have crippling student loan debt.
  That is why I am so glad that the College Affordability Act recreates 
the Federal Perkins Loan Program and strengthens the Pell Grant Program 
to better address the needs of our undergraduate and graduate students.
  While there is much more that we need to do to support students, I am 
proud to cosponsor the College Affordability Act and will continue to 
work with my colleagues to improve outcomes for our students.