Congressman Cole Announces TRIO and GEAR UP Funds in Spending Bill
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Cole announced today that both TRIO and GEAR UP are funded in the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2006 that will be debated in the House this week.
"I believe both of these programs have proved they are effective and successful, and I am very pleased that they are funded in the bill reported out of committee. This is a very good sign for TRIO and GEAR UP. The House will be debating this legislation this week and the Senate will hopefully follow suit in the next few months," Congressman Cole said.
Earlier this year, the President's budget proposed cutting funding for this education program that helps underprivileged students attend college. Congressman Cole led a bi-partisan effort to ensure the funding was not eliminated. He sent a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Labor, HHS and Education Subcommittee, that was signed by 167 members, urging them to continue funding these programs.
"Oklahoma has successfully utilized TRIO and GEAR UP to meet the needs of its students. I have spoken to many university presidents, administrators, and faculty in Oklahoma, as well as the students who sing the praises of TRIO and GEAR UP. From their personal stories it is evident that these programs are a wise investment," Congressman Cole said.
In the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, TRIO is funded at $836.54 million, which is $467 million above President's budget request. GEAR UP is funded at $306.48 million, which is $306.48 million above President's budget request.