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Key Congressman Blasts Obama’s Proposals on Federal-Aid Policy

Washington — Rep. Harold D. Rogers, the Kentucky Republican who is chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, rebuked President Obama today for suggesting in a speech last week that colleges that fail to cut costs and keep tuition costs low risk losing federal aid. “I was really irritated,” said Mr. Rogers, who spoke at the annual meeting of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. “That’s not the job of the president of the United States.” To a roomful of applause, he added, “What you charge tuition is your business.” Mr. Rogers also expressed support for the Pell Grant program, assuring his audience that he would make funds for the grants a priority in his committee. “I remain committed to working with you,” he said, “to continue to ensure students receive this important source of financial aid.”

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