During Tuesday’s Senate session, 2016 presidential hopeful, Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) plans to introduce a bill to make tuition at state funded universities free.
It seems that Sanders is borrowing from European nations, specifically “countries like Germany, Denmark, Sweden and many more are providing free or inexpensive higher education for their young people.” By taking a stand on education, Sanders is committing to investing in the youth as a part of his presidential strategy.
In fact, he makes it clear that the upcoming generations are extremely important to the future of America. He even believes that the education of youth will have a direct impact on the global economy.
“We live in a highly competitive global economy and, if our economy is to be strong, we need the best-educated work force in the world. That will not happen if, every year, hundreds of thousands of bright young people cannot afford to go to college, and if millions more leave school deeply in debt,” he said.
His bill also includes a plan to “substantially lower student debt and bring down interest rates on college loans.” This way Sanders can include not only the upcoming generation looking to attend college, but also those who have already graduated. This strategy could also help him connect to parents struggling to help their kids attend college.
This could actually be a calculated move to set himself apart from President Obama’s plan to fund two year college. Obama has not found much support on the Senate floor; so the issue is still at large. Introducing this legislation now also helps Sanders get ahead of Hillary Clinton on education funding. Her campaign has yet to release their plan for cutting education costs. With Clinton as the Democratic front runner, getting ahead of her in any way possible is important for Sanders.