Pramila Jayapal, Bernie Sanders and Ilhan Omar introduce college affordability bills in Congress

The landmark College for All Act will eliminate tuition and fees at all public colleges and universities.

Indian American Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), along with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), unveiled a major college affordability legislation on Monday.

The College for All Act aims to cancel the $1.6 trillion of student loan, undergraduate and graduate debt for approximately 45 million Americans.

Under the proposed bill, an average student loan borrower in America would save about $3,000 a year. It will also lead to economy getting a boost of approximately $1 trillion over 10 years, according to the lawmakers.

The bill eliminates undergraduate tuition and fees at public four-year colleges and universities and makes community college tuition and fee free for all. Under the new bill, students from all economic brackets would be able to attend a public four-year college or university or four-year tribal college or university free of any tuition or fee.

All students would also be able to attend community colleges, apprenticeship programs or trade schools without tuition or fee. The details of the bill was also explained by the trio during a Facebook live Q and A session hosted on Monday.During the live discussion, Jayapal said that she was excited to be here and believes that there are 45 million people across the country who are excited about this proposal. “We have $1.5 trillion in student loan debts today. This bill would cancel all of that in six months,” she said.

After introducing the bill, Jayapal tweeted: “As a nation, we are killing ourselves by draining the enthusiasm, innovation, creativity and potential of our next generation. Let’s free the generations to come. So proud to have introduced the #CollegeforAll Act today with @SenSanders and @Ilhan.”

In another tweet, she wrote: “Let’s free future generations from mountains of student loan debt. Let’s reinvest in our future. Let’s be bold and revolutionary and create real opportunity for ALL of us. Let’s pass #CollegeforAll.”

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