Obama to sign health-care 'fixes' bill Tuesday in Alexandria

Copyright 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010; 6:11 PM

By Anne E. Kornblut President Obama will sign legislation making fixes to his sweeping health care bill -- and enacting sweeping changes to higher education financing -- at a ceremony in Alexandria next week, the White House announced Friday. Obama's Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, as the bill is known, will be signed into law on Tuesday morning at Northern Virginia Community College. While the legislation includes changes that House Democrats insisted upon before passing the Senate bill, the administration is eager to emphasize the education components, which include making it easier to repay student loans and significantly more funding for Pell Grants. In its announcement about the event, the White House declared that the bill delivered a "significant down payment on the president's ambitious agenda to make higher education more affordable and help more Americans earn a college degree."

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