By Danielle Raykhinshteyn, Daily Staff Reporter
Published February 13, 2013
“The president staked out a new purpose for the federal government, one we’ve never seen before — that was to provide an affordable and valuable higher education experience,” Ruff said.
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However, Ruff said he feels that any attempts to make college more affordable won’t have a purpose if the job market doesn’t improve first.
“We are producing, every year, extraordinary talent among high-school graduates, community college graduates, college graduates, bachelor’s graduates, MBAs — and that’s all well and good, but what jobs will they fill?” Ruff said.
While it remains to be seen how much of Obama's agenda will result in policy, Dingell said he is proud of the president’s speech.
“He is judged by his success, but he’s also judged by his leadership.” Dingell said. “The people heard, and I’m satisfied they approved what he said. And I intend to do anything I can to assist him to accomplish his purposes.”
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