Today the Young Democrats at the College of Southern Nevada sent Congressman Joe Heck a letter condemning his July 19, 2011 vote to make the largest cut to the Pell Grant in U.S. history. The letter also points out that the major cuts proposed to the federal budget will take money out of the economy, reduce demand, and likely lead to an increase in unemployment. The letter ends with a plead to think about ordinary Nevadans and vote to extend the debt limit.
“The fact that Congressman Heck could be targeting such large cuts on people of low income who may be out of work and going back to school to retrain, is just astonishing” said Justin McAffee, president of the CSN Young Democrats. “These are members of his own constituency who attend UNLV, CSN and NSC, not to mention several private schools around town. Doesn’t he realize that college graduates have a much lower unemployment percentage? Congressman Heck is taking us in the complete wrong direction.”
The Ryan Plan and to a greater extent the “Cut Cap and Balance” plan, both of which Congressman Heck voted for, have the following effects on the Pell Grant and college students:
Perhaps Congressman Joe Heck should consider how his votes might affect normal human beings. You know, people who vote! Perhaps we should take education more seriously in this country. I don’t understand it, but Republicans seem to be rejecting the idea that education helps people. I suppose they are rejecting the idea that anything helps people.Tweet