Palumbo Asks Majority to Reconsider Bill Blocked In Committee Aimed At Helping Military Families

April 9, 2019

Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo (R,C,I,Ref-New Suffolk) called out Assembly Majority politicians today after they blocked a measure (A.2991) in the Higher Education Committee that would provide free college tuition and room and board to dependents of our military veterans who died in service to their country. This would be a “Merit” scholarship and would be available at any CUNY or SUNY school. This legislation had bipartisan support in the Assembly with sponsors on both sides of the aisle.

“This bill had bipartisan support, and would have provided funding to the children of veterans who lost their lives in service to our country,” said Palumbo. “The Progressives have no problem passing the DREAM Act to provide free tuition to illegal immigrants but not the children of veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country? The financial cost would be a fraction of what it will be to give illegal immigrants free college tuition. I stand with our veterans and their families and am thankful every day for their service and sacrifices. I am calling on the Majority to reconsider this bill and bring it to the floor for a proper vote.”