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House Proceeding on Sep 16th, 2009 :: 1:30:40 to 1:38:20
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Virginia Foxx

1:30:36 to 1:30:56( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: spend this money than in these programs. in closing, i am proud of the bill that chairman miller has brought to this rules committee, and i urge my colleagues to support this rule. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from north carolina. ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, i think i may be

Virginia Foxx

1:30:40 to 1:38:20( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Virginia Foxx

Virginia Foxx

1:30:57 to 1:31:18( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: the only member of congress who has been a community college president. so i've had a good bit of experience. i was a professor and an assistant dean at a university. i served on a school board for 12 years. so i have extensive education -- experience in the field of

Virginia Foxx

1:31:19 to 1:31:41( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: education. i'm a product of public education. i grew up extraordinarily poor. i doubt there's anybody in the congress who grew up as poor as i did. and i know that much of the success that i have had has been the result of the opportunities i had in education.

Virginia Foxx

1:31:42 to 1:32:03( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: i give credit to the people who taught me and who guided me throughout my educational career. it took me seven years to get my undergraduate degree but i graduated without a dime of debt because i worked and went to school. i know that it is possible to do that.

Virginia Foxx

1:32:04 to 1:32:24( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: and i know that a person does not have to borrow $50,000 a year to get an education in this country. we are blessed that we have extraordinarily high-quality, low-cost education programs all over this country. we have excellent community colleges.

Virginia Foxx

1:32:25 to 1:32:48( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: we have excellent public education -- higher education, and we have excellent private education. we have more choice in this country than any other place in the world. so as i said, i have extensive as a community college president, i had the opportunity to work with the work force investment program.

Virginia Foxx

1:32:49 to 1:33:09( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: as a member of the state legislature, i had an opportunity to understand these programs and work with them at some length. and so i am not unfamiliar with this area. what i see when i read this bill, particularly as it talks

Virginia Foxx

1:33:10 to 1:33:30( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: about giving money to community colleges, is basically setting up a welfare program for states and for community colleges. we already have the kind of accountability, i lieve, that we need in community colleges in this country. yesterday, again, my distinguished colleague from california said that the bill

Virginia Foxx

1:33:31 to 1:33:51( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: has for the first time ever accountability in it. i have read this bill. there is no accountability in here. they're benchmarks. benchmarks established somewhere out in the future. they are not even discussed in the bill. there's talk about serving underserved groups of people.

Virginia Foxx

1:33:52 to 1:34:13( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: there's reallyo accountability in here. and i'm wondering if our colleagues are going to consider men an underserved group. it's my understanding -- and, again, i'm not up-to-date on the literature that approximaly 65% of the people now in higher education are women. so women have certainly found

Virginia Foxx

1:34:14 to 1:34:35( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: the opportunities there. so i have great number of concerns about this not just what it's going to do to the student loan programs, but to the other areas. it's going to get into elementary education, preschool education. we just don't need the federal

Virginia Foxx

1:34:36 to 1:34:59( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: government injecting itself here. it's -- the bill is going to limithoices for parents and students seeking educational loans. and i think decrse the quality of service historically promoted by private lender. the flee programs served more than six million students and

Virginia Foxx

1:35:00 to 1:35:20( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: parents at 7,000 postsecondary institutions lending a total of $3.25 billion or 78% of all new udent loorns. in addition, postsecondary institutions have had their loans through the private flee program so they can have high-quality customer service,

Virginia Foxx

1:35:21 to 1:35:42( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: education, outreach and loan default prevention. and, again, what this is in my opinion is another takeover by the federal government of a segment of our society that we don't need taken over. and i would like to quote from an article from "the weekly

Virginia Foxx

1:35:43 to 1:36:03( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: standard" entitled "need a student loan? boy, does uncle sam have a teal for you," and i'd like to have it inserted in the record, ma the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. foxx: and here's the quote. whatever lending complishes it will greatly expand the number of young people who find themselves intangled with and

Virginia Foxx

1:36:04 to 1:36:24( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: ultimately beholden to the vast systems of rewards and rebukes that the federal government has in hand. more than 65% of college students borrow money to go to college. that's a lot of guinea pigs. we already have a foreshadowing of the possibilities. congressmen are tinkerers and they have been tinkering with

Virginia Foxx

1:36:25 to 1:36:46( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: federally backed student loans for years. the most interesting of their areas was -- ideas was signed into law by president bush. this shouldn't be a surprise since by his second term bush had proved a pretty ambitious tinkerer himself. the public service loan forgiveness program of the college cost reduction and access act of 2007, such big titles you have, grandma, was

Virginia Foxx

1:36:47 to 1:37:08( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: designed to let college students know what they should do once they got out of school. student borrowers can have their federal loans forgiven after 25 years on the condition they make a single minimum payment every 360 days. inducement to acquire federal rather than a private loan. but the public service loan

Virginia Foxx

1:37:09 to 1:37:30( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: forgiveness program goes a step further. you can have your loan forgiven after 10 years, vastly reducing the amount of money to blow $5,000 in some cases on three conditions. number one, your loan has to be handled directly by the federal government with no contan tam nation from private lender --

Virginia Foxx

1:37:31 to 1:37:51( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: contamination from private lenders. upon graduation you have to get the right kind of job. the right kind of job is called public service. in the common discourse, public service is already an elastic term used as a form of self-flatterly but has the euphemism stretched quite so

Virginia Foxx

1:37:52 to 1:38:13( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: far in bush's bill. work for a government such as a diplomat, teacher, social worker, forklift driver and you qualify for the loan forgiveness. you qualify, too, if you take a job with any 501-c-3 private organization, the wilderness society, u.s. public interest research group, the rainbow coalition, the transgender law,

Virginia Foxx

1:38:14 to 1:38:21( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: and even theoretically the heritage foundation. it doesn't mean if you're an agitator, lobbyist, pavement

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