Obama guards Pell spending in debt deal

President Obama protected Pell Grants from funding cuts in the debt-ceiling deal. As a “crucial investment,” Pell was given “specific protection in the discretionary budget,” a White House press release stresses.

President Obama wants to be the Pell Grant President, writes Mickey Kaus. “The phrase ‘President’s Historic Investment in Pell Grants’ is repeated twice, verbatim, for the proper Great Leap Forward effect.”

Grants will stay at the same level for a few years, but everyone thinks the rapidly growing program — spending has doubled in three years — will need to be redesigned.

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