Fattah Statement on the White House's Expanding College Opportunity Summit

Jan 16, 2014, 16:17 ET from Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (PA-02), Senior Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee and architect of GEAR UP, the country's most successful college readiness program, released the following statement on today's remarks by the President and First Lady during the White House Expanding College Opportunity summit. Earlier today, Fattah was the featured guest on News One Now with Roland Martin where he discussed college affordability and previewed the summit.

"Improving educational opportunities for all Americans—especially college access and affordability—is one of the most pressing issues facing this country.  I commend President Obama, with a special thanks to Gene Sperling, for hosting today's summit, and bringing together higher education leaders and advocates who are committed to this cause.  Our shared passion to restore opportunity and mobility drives our efforts in building and maintaining support systems for lower income Americans, leveling the educational playing field, and empowering students. I am hopeful this continued work and the ideas that come out of today's summit will accelerate our goal of making college education a reality for all."

SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah