Republicans in the House and Senate are preparing to vote down an education bill that would provide $1 billion to expand access to college-level college courses in states that have not approved such a plan.
Republicans have long pushed for a “college savings account” for high-income students, which would be used to help pay for tuition and fees.
But the Senate’s version of the bill, which was approved in June, would also create a “tuition savings account,” and allow families to pay a lower percentage of their earnings to support college costs.
The Senate version of an education savings account would require students to make a monthly contribution to it, but Republicans say the bill would not require students or parents to contribute to a college savings account.
The bill has already been criticized by Democrats who say it would disproportionately benefit affluent students and their families, and would encourage more people to enroll in private or religious schools.
Republicans are planning to vote Thursday to allow the bill to move forward without Democrats, who are expected to join Democrats in opposing the measure.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer Charles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerElection Countdown: Kavanaugh allegations put GOP in tough spot | Republicans start to pull plug on candidates | Dems get early start in Iowa | O’Rourke defends Cruz after protesters interrupt dinner | Why Biden is the Democrat GOP most fears Dem lawmaker wants to impeach Trump MORE (D-N.Y.) said the Senate bill would “send a message to the wealthiest Americans in America that they don’t have to contribute, or that they’re not contributing, and that their money goes to college.”
Sen. Susan Collins Susan Margaret CollinsRosenstein faces test of Trump impeachment | Lawmakers delay Kavanaugh confirmation for one week FBI investigates whether Trump campaign coordinated with Russia on election meddling MORE (R-Maine), a potential presidential candidate, called the bill a “huge mistake” on Wednesday.
The House passed the bill in June and President Trump signed it into law in July.
The Republican-controlled Senate has voted to move ahead with the bill for a second time in less than two weeks, but it faces a potential veto from the president.