Bera "extremely disappointed" with U.C. tuition hike
Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. released the following statement in response to the University of California (UC) tuition hike that Regents voted on earlier today:
"I'm extremely disappointed that U.C. Regents today voted in favor of an unreasonably high increase in tuition for students for the next five years. These hikes break a promise that was made to students and threaten to jeopardize the affordability of education for middle and low income students at a time when middle class families are already struggling. I attended U.C. schools for undergraduate and medical school because they were affordable and the education I got there has helped me pursue the American Dream. We need to work to bring down the skyrocketing cost of education so that that same dream is available to this and future generations, and I will continue to fight to do that."
Earlier this month, Bera led the California delegation in urging U.C. President Janet Napolitano to maintain a tuition freeze (link to letter). Bera is a co-chair of the California Public Higher Education Caucus.
Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. represents Sacramento County. Born and raised in California, Bera is a physician and the only Indian American currently serving in Congress. He’s fighting to rebuild an economy that works for middle class families and to reduce our country’s debt in a responsible way. One of Bera’s first acts in Congress was to help lead the effort to pass the No Budget No Pay Act, which says if members of Congress don’t pass a budget, they don’t get paid. As a leader of the No Labels' Problem Solvers, he’s working with people from both parties to find bipartisan solutions to our nation’s challenges. He and his wife Janine live in Elk Grove with their daughter Sydra. For more updates on Rep. Bera follow @RepBera on Twitter, like Congressman Bera on Facebook, or visit http://www.bera.house.gov.