Fact check: Sen. Marsha Blackburn falsely claims Biden would force people to attend pre-K and two years of college
April 30, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) during a Republican Senator press conference at the U.S. Capitol, in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday March 3, 2021. Today the House will vote on H.R. 1, the For the People Act of 2021, an election reform bill pushed by Democrats, as Congressional negotiations over additional COVID relief continue. (Graeme Sloan/Sipa USA)
Republican Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn tried Wednesday to portray President Joe Biden's new $1.8 trillion American Families Plan proposal as an "anti-family" initiative that would reduce Americans' control over their own lives.
Facts First: As a Blackburn spokesman acknowledged to CNN on Thursday, it's not true that Biden is planning to "mandate" pre-kindergarten or to force people to attend two years of college whether they "like it or not. " While Biden proposed this week to spend $200 billion to offer free, "universal" pre-K for 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds, no child would be required to attend pre-K, the White House says.
A policy document released by the White House says the proposed $200 billion universal pre-K program would be operated through a partnership with states; according to a senior administration official, states would be required to foot about 50% of the cost when the program is fully up and running.
Under Biden's community college proposal, the federal government would cover about 75% of the average tuition cost in each state when the program was fully implemented, with states picking up the rest, a senior administration official said earlier in the week.