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Foxx Opposes Obama’s Plan for Two Free Years of Community College Education for Budgetary Reasons

Statement from Foxx: 

Jan. 9, 2015. Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., today released the following statement regarding President Obama’s proposal to publicly fund community college for all Americans:

U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx
U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx

“As a former community college president, I am a huge fan of community colleges and the great educational opportunities they provide to students from all walks of life. However, I’m reminded of the old Peanuts cartoon where Linus says to Lucy, ‘Every time there’s a good suggestion, someone brings up the budget.’ President Obama has a bad habit of creating programs without identifying a way to pay for them, and the price tag for this initiative, which is bound to be incredibly expensive, has yet to even be revealed. Increasing the number of students who have access to higher education must be a priority, but this is the wrong approach for the federal government to take.”

Foxx, who serves as chair of the House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Higher Education, is a former president of Mayland Community College.


U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx is currently serving her sixth term as the representative of North Carolina’s 5th Congressional District and is the elected Republican Conference Secretary. Dr. Foxx is the chair of the House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Higher Education and serves as Vice Chair of the House Rules Committee.