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A New Direction for Young Americans: A Progress Report on the 110th Congress

A NEW DIRECTION FOR YOUNG AMERICANS
A PROGRESS REPORT ON THE 110th CONGRESS

 

Young Americans have spoken out loudly and clearly about the need for a new direction in America. Whether you are headed to college, into the workforce, or becoming parents, young Americans are focused on the future.

Your voices are being heard.

After years of neglect and inaction, much needs to be done. In the first year of this Congress, under new Democratic leadership, we are making progress.

         
 
Passed By Congress

Signed
Into Law
 

MAKING COLLEGE MORE AFFORDABLE
Largest college aid expansion in six decades-since GI Bill helped soldiers returning from WWII        

Student loan interest rates cut in half

 
 
Pell Grants increased by $500
 
 
Loan forgiveness for public service
 
 
Paid for without passing cost on to future generations
 
 
Cleaning up scandals in student loan industry
 
 
         
ENSURING BETTER PAY, BETTER JOBS
Keeping America competitive in a global economy        
First increase in the federal Minimum Wage in a decade
 
 
Innovation Agenda: Math/Science scholarships for students and teachers
 
 
Doubling research funding to create new American jobs
 
 
         
REDUCING GLOBAL WARMING
A dramatic shift to clean energy-boosting the economy, taking the equivalent of all cars in America today off the road by 2030        
Requiring U.S. leadership in global effort
 
 
Requiring 15% of electricity from renewable sources (House only)
 
 
Requiring more efficient buildings, appliances
 
 
Create Green Jobs Corps, training workers for 'green' revolution
 
 
         
TAKING A NATION AT WAR IN A NEW DIRECTION
The new Congress has changed the debate to reflect the reality in Iraq--and the opposition of the American people. The White House has ignored both.        
Rebuilding our Military Readiness by reducing strain on troops with requirements to rotate home and train (House only)
 
 
More Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicles and body armor
 
 
No permanent bases in Iraq
 
 
Responsibly redeploy US troops out of Iraq
 
 
VETOED
Refocusing the fight against terrorism to Al Qaeda & Afghanistan
 
 
         
PROTECTING AMERICA FROM TERRORISM
It took a new Congress to finally make recommendations of the bipartisan, independent 9/11 Commission became law        
Requiring 100% Air Cargo Screening
 
 
Requiring 100% Container Cargo Screening
 
 
Providing Better Communications for First Responders
 
 
Funding based on Risk, not Politics
 
 
         
IMPROVING HEALTH CARE
Working for aff ordable, accessible, quality care for Americans        
Protecting State Children's Health Insurance (SCHIP) for millions of children and enrolling millions more
 
 
Largest veterans' health care funding increase in history - 70 % of those serving in Iraq are under the age of 30
 
 
Expanding medical research to unlock promise of stem cell therapies
 
 
VETOED
         
 
 

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