New York Assembly Democrats have blocked a bill aimed at expanding college tuition aid for families and children of disabled or deceased military veterans, shortly after approving a measure to grant $27 million of taxpayer money to pay for the college tuition of illegal alien invaders.
Syracuse.com Governor Andrew Cuomo voiced his support on a bill blocked by Assembly Democrats that would provide free college tuition to children of any military member from New York killed in the line of duty.
Just one week after approving the huge fund from the state budget to pay for illegals’ education, the Assembly’s Higher Education Committee voted against expanding the aide for Gold Star families.On Tuesday, NY Assembly Dems voted 15 to 11 to shelve the bill, effectively defeating its chances of going to the floor.
The move comes a week after lawmakers passed a $175 billion state budget that included $27 million to provide college tuition aid for undocumented immigrants.
Some Central New York lawmakers said it was outrageous to block a bill that would likely cost in the hundreds of thousands of dollars to help children of military members who died for their county.
“It’s disgraceful,” said Assemblyman Gary Finch, R-Springport. “Soldiers who lay down their lives and make the ultimate sacrifice represent the best of us. The children they love so dearly deserve access to the opportunity and promise that is the hallmark of this country. I can’t imagine what’s in your heart when you vote ‘no’ on a bill like this.”
Four Democrats, including Assemblyman Al Stirpe, D-Cicero, split with their party and voted against holding the bill in committee. Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, D-Manhattan, the chair of the Higher Education Committee, had no immediate comment on the reasons why the bill was held in committee.