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04 August 2008

Georgia Congressional Republicans Vote Against Higher Education Opportunity Act

On the last day of July, overwhelming bipartisan majorities in both the United States House and Senate passed the Higher Education Opportunity Act (H.R.4137), a bill that "encourages colleges to rein in tuition increases, restores integrity and accountability to the student loan programs, simplifies the federal student aid application process, and expands college access and support for low-income and minority students." [Source:, "Higher Education Opportunity Act", July 31, 2008]

However, as is often the case, there were some votes against the bill and seven of those "No" votes came from the seven Republicans representing Georgia in Congress.

Paul Broun, Nathan Deal, Phil Gingrey, John Linder, Jack Kingston, Tom Price and Lynn Westmoreland all cast "No" votes against the Higher Education Opportunity Act while the six Georgia Congressional Democrats voted yes [Source: United States House of Representatives, Roll Call 544, July 31, 2008].

For those of you keeping up, Georgia Congressional Republicans' opposition to the Higher Education Opportunity Act marks the latest in a series of votes against policies beneficial to Georgia's working families. From increasing the minimum wage to improving Head Start, Georgia Congressional Republicans --or the "G7"-- continue to be on the wrong side of progressive issues that will move Georgia and the rest of the nation forward.

Luckily, the people of the 1st, 3rd, 6th, 7th, 9th, 10th and 11th congressional districts have a choice in November; a Democratic choice. Visit the links on the far right side of the page to learn more about the Democratic nominees for Congress in all thirteen Georgia congressional districts.