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The public education system has provided generations of Americans with the skills needed to make the United States the world’s leading innovator of the past century. As a member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, I want to ensure our children and grandchildren can continue to have access to the highest quality public education, preparing them to be competitive in today’s globalized economy.

I am committed to investing in education to provide future generations with the tools they need to become leaders. I support efforts to modernize our classrooms, reduce class sizes, enhance special education programs, provide students with access to affordable higher education opportunities, and ensure America has the best-trained and most qualified teachers. I believe investing in the public education system is one of the best ways to help America become more productive and competitive.

Pre-K education is vital to our children’s cognitive development and I support the efforts to supply pre-K education to all 4-year-olds, in families at or below 200% of the poverty line, through local school districts as well as other local partners. Making pre-K education more accessible will allow our children to thrive in our nation’s educational system.

College can open up many opportunities and I believe we have a responsibility to make higher education affordable for our next generation. Unfortunately, a quality, affordable college education is growing further out of reach for too many in this country. Currently in Wisconsin, the average student debt amounts to more than $26,000, and total student debt in this country now tops $1 trillion. This rising student debt is due to increasing tuition costs, out of control interest rates, and the difficult job market facing recent graduates. While students struggle to make loan payments, they are prevented from actively contributing to our economy. This is why I introduced the Student Loan Refinance Bill. This legislation would allow nearly 40 million Americans to refinance their federal student loans, freeing up funds to buy a house, get a new car, support a family, and pursue greater economic opportunities.

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Jul 29, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) voted in favor of nine appropriations bills totaling more than $800 billion in federal funding.
Jun 16, 2021 Press Release
Today, Representatives Mark Pocan (WI-02) and Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03), chair of the House Education & Labor Committee, and Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) and Patty Murray (D-WA), chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, reintroduced the Pell Grant Preservation and Expansion Act, legislation that would double the Pell Grant award, index the award to inflation, and make other changes to expand the award for working students and families. The bill also makes the Pell Grant funding fully mandatory to protect it from funding shortfalls, expands the program to include DREAMers, and restores lifetime eligibility for the program to 18 semesters, among other changes that will benefit students.
May 28, 2021 Press Release

MADISON, WI—After reaching out to the Department of Education to ask whether the state GOP’s insufficient education budget proposal would disqualify Wisconsin from receiving $1.5 billion in federal COVID aid, Congressman Mark Pocan (WI-02) received confirmation that Wisconsin would lose the federal aid if they move forward with the GOP’s budget proposal. Congressman Pocan released the following statement and shared the Department of Education’s letter to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and Governor Tony Evers.

May 28, 2021 Press Release

MADISON, WI—Congressman Mark Pocan (WI-02) released the following statement in response to the Wisconsin Republican Party’s refusal to fund K-12 and higher education at the level necessary to qualify for $1.5 billion in federal COVID aid.

Apr 16, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Representatives Mark Pocan (WI-02), Suzan DelBene (WA-01), and Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), released the following statement in response to the Biden administration’s reversal of some Trump-era prohibitions on the use of fetal tissue in biomedical research.

May 15, 2019 Press Release
Today, U.S. Reprsentative Congressman Mark Pocan (WI-02), Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), and Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) re-introduced legislation aimed at reducing bullying and harassment, including cyberbullying, at colleges and universities around the country.
May 9, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representatives Mark Pocan (WI-02), John Katko (NY-24), Andy Levin (MI-09), and Elise Stefanik (NY-21) today introduced bipartisan legislation that would assist in the implementation of existing professional standards for food service employees in schools.
Apr 10, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) today led more than twenty Member of Congress in reintroducing the Student Loan Refinancing Act (H.R.2186), bipartisan legislation which would remove the current restrictions on refinancing.
Mar 28, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) today released the following statement regarding President Trump stating that he has reversed course on the decision to eliminate funding for Special Olympics in the Department of Education’s FY 2020 budget request.
Mar 27, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representatives Mark Pocan (WI-02), Sam Graves (MO-06), Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), and Glenn “GT” Thompson (PA-15) this week led a bipartisan group of 74 Members of Congress in introducing H.Res.254, which expresses support for the designation of the week of March 25 through March 29, 2019, as “Public Schools Week.”