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Fattah Statement on the President's 2015 Budget Proposal

WASHINGTON, March 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka

Fattah (D-PA), Senior Member of the House Appropriations Committee and

Ranking Member on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce,

Justice, Science (CJS) and related agencies, released the following

statement on President Obama's FY 2015 budget:

"The President's FY 2015 budget offers a sound and strategic roadmap

for our country, grounded in the belief that opportunity is for all,

not just a select few. From expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit to

prioritizing educational access and boosting domestic manufacturing

initiatives, President Obama demonstrated his commitment to ensuring

America has a robust economy, strengthened by a 21st century workforce

and a thriving middle class.

"The President's 2015 Budget reflected many of our shared priorities,

including investments in the life sciences, new funding and research

grants for neuroscience, expanding college access and affordability,

support for space exploration and technology, and reviving the federal

Housing Trust Fund with a mandatory $1 billion appropriation. His

budget also calls for a permanent extension of the American

Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC), a piece of legislation I introduced

five years ago and that is currently set to expire in 2017. AOTC seeks

to make higher education more affordable for America's hardworking

families and students and extending it will benefit more than 11

million students, providing an average of $1,100 in credits.

"This budget provides a strong foundation towards expanding

opportunity for every American. I look forward to working alongside

the Administration, Congress, and my colleagues on the Appropriations

Committee to help shape our country's spending priorities for the year


SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah

-0- 03/04/2014

/CONTACT: Allyson Freeman,Allyson.Freeman@mail.house.gov, 202.225.4001

/Web Site: http://fattah.house.gov/

CO: Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah

ST: District of Columbia Pennsylvania



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