Biden: Community college should be free

Biden: Community college should be free
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Vice President BidenJoe BidenHouse Democrat threatens to vote against party's spending bill if HBCUs don't get more federal aid Overnight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Haitians stuck in Texas extend Biden's immigration woes MORE on Thursday doubled down on a proposal to make attending community college free for students.

“The president and I and Hillary [Clinton] are talking about free community college education,” Biden said during a speech to the Center for American Progress.

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“I don’t know of any businessman that believes 12 years is enough education to compete in the 21st century,” he added.

Biden also touted measures to raise the minimum wage, increase the number of employees who qualify for overtime pay, and raise the child-care tax credit in a speech that focused on economic growth in the middle class.

“It’s about being able to own your home, not just rent it,” Biden said. “The means to be able to send your kids to the local park and know they’ll come home safely. The means to send your kids to a high school, and if they do well, they can get to college, and if they get to college, you find a way to get them there.”

But he blamed Republicans for blocking many of these proposals.

"This is not your father’s Republican Party,” Biden said. "We’re wasting so many opportunities to grow this economy."