Future Forumby Representative Eric Swalwell
Posted on 2015-10-07
SWALWELL of California. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to kick off the
Future Forum Special Order hour. Today we will be bringing attention,
once again, to the issue of college affordability and student loan
debt. We also have a few surprises in store today, as I will be joined
by my Future Forum colleagues.
I first want to report that just earlier this week, on Monday, the Future Forum, which is a group of about 16 to 17 of the youngest members in our caucus, went out to Seattle. Congressman Kilmer, who represents the Seattle area, was joined by myself and Ruben Gallego of the Phoenix, Arizona, area.
We went across the Seattle area. We talked to college students, community college students, college graduates, a millennial workforce, and also folks in the tech sector in Seattle.
We went to the University of Washington Tacoma and met with veterans. We went to the University of Puget Sound and talked to students. We went to an SEIU training center and talked to the next generation of their workforce.
We were also able to go to Amazon. We went to amazon.com and had a town hall there with their millennial workforce, and we were able to listen to them and their concerns about the future.
We heard a common thread through all of these diverse groups, America's largest generation, millennials, 80 million people. They are concerned about their future.
They are concerned about their ability to afford and have access to go to college. They are concerned about how much it is going to cost them when they get out and the student loan debt that they are going to be burdened with.
It was another successful Future Forum trip. It was the eighth one we have taken this year, ranging from New York, Boston, New Hampshire, Phoenix, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles, and now Seattle.
I encourage anyone watching to engage with us on Twitter. I will be a part of the conversation. I will read and respond to any questions as we go along.
First, today I am joined by a colleague of mine, a Future Forum member from the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Congressman Marc Veasey.
Congressman, we are encouraging a conversation around these issues at #futureforum.
I have been to the Dallas/Fort Worth area. I have seen the way you engage with young people in your district.
I want to know just what are you hearing out there about your constituents and their ability to go to college, your constituents and their ability to pay for college? And, once they get out, how is student loan debt affecting their opportunities? Mr. VEASEY. Congressman Swalwell, thank you very much. I really appreciate your leadership on Future Forum and bringing up important issues like student debt. It is a real issue that so many of our young people struggle with when they graduate from college.