Poor Jill Biden is looking straight into the face of another failure, and no, we aren’t talking about her husband. The first lady just confirmed on Monday that Democrats have officially abandoned the promise she made to instigate free community college in America. This happened during the negotiations that went on to get Joe Biden’s spending bill passed, and the issue was dropped.
Jill Biden says she is very disappointed in this new development during a speech she made at the Washington, D.C. Community College National Legislative Summit.
Jill says that Congress hasn’t yet passed the Build Back Better bill that she and Joe were hoping to get passed, and that free community college isn’t even part of the package anymore.
She continued, “We knew that this wasn’t going to be easy. Joe always said that. Still, like you, I was disappointed. Because, like you, these aren’t just bills or budgets to me, to you, right? We know what they mean for real people, for our students. And was a real lesson in human nature that some people just don’t get that.”
Community college that’s paid for by the government has been a key cause of Jill Biden, but moderate and centrist Democrats continue to put a stop to Democrats that hope to pass these massive spending bills.
The original version of the “Build Back Better” bill had $45.5 billion in the budget for states to allocated towards paying two years of community college to all students for a five-year period.
Joe Manchin, a Democrat senator from West Virginia, fought hard against the bill because of the massive price tag for social spending. He was bitterly attacked by many people on that left for thwarting their efforts to pass these big spending bills.
The first lady made her promise to Americans back in February of 2021, saying that she would get free community college for all Americans.
At the time, Jill said, “We have to get this done. And we have to do it now. That’s why we’re going to make sure that everyone has access to free community college and training programs.”
Better luck next time, Jill.
Author: Julie Peterson