|00:00:00||THE CAPITOL, THE EDUCATION AND LABOR COMMITTEE, WHICH YOU'VE BEEN SEARCHING ON FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS, IT WAS A GREAT HONOR TO REALLY OBSERVE YOU AND TO SEE THAT THE COLLEGE CLASS REDUCTION ACT WAS ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS THAT CAME OUT OF THE CHUTE IN JANUARY OF 2007 AND AGAIN YOUR WORDS TONIGHT SHOW THAT THIS HAS BEEN A LIFE-LONG PRIORITY AND MISSION FOR YOU, TO MAKE SURE THAT THAT HAPPENS UP.|
|00:00:22||MENTIONED ABRAHAM LINCOLN FROM YOUR GREAT STATE OF ILLINOIS.|
|00:00:24||YOU KNOW, IT'S INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT THE COLLEGE LAND GRANT SYSTEM, THE MORAL ACT, WAS ACTUALLY PASSED IN 1862, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CIVIL WAR.|
|00:00:35||I MEAN, THE MOST CATASTROPHIC THREAT TO OUR COUNTRY'S EXISTENCE EVER AND YET WE HAD A PRESIDENT FROM YOUR GREAT STATE WHO HAD THE VISION TO UNDERSTAND THAT EVERY STATE SHOULD HAVE A LAND GRANT COLLEGE WHICH IS WHAT THAT BILL DID, AND CREATED A NATIONAL COMMITMENT TO HIGHER EDUCATION, AGAIN, IT WAS COMMITTED TO AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERING.|
|00:00:56||WHEN AN AMAZING -- CHA WHAT AN AMAZING STORY ABOUT SOMEBODY, GOSH KNOWS, HE COULD HAVE BEEN DISTRACTED WITH WHATEVER WAS HAPPENING IN THAT TERRIBLE CONFLICT, AND YET HE STILL UNDERSTOOD THAT WE CAN NEVER, EVER, EVER LOSE SIGHT OF THE IMPORTANCE OF INVESTING IN OUR PEOPLE AND THAT'S WHAT'S MADE OUR COUNTRY GREAT AND YOU KNOW THAT BETTER THAN ANYONE.|
|00:01:15||MR. DAVIS: YOU'RE ABSOLUTERY RIGHT AND I THANK YOU AGAIN BECAUSE I WENT TO ONE OF THOSE LAND GRANT COLLEGES.|
Mr. COURTNEY. That is high praise from you, Congressman Davis. When I was a freshman, brand new to the Capitol, the Education and Labor Committee, which you've been serving on for a number of years, it was a great honor to really observe you and to see that the College Cost Reduction Act was one of the first things that came out of the chute in January of 2007. And, again, your words tonight show that this has been a lifelong priority and mission for you to make sure that that happens.
You mentioned Abraham Lincoln from your great State of Illinois. It is interesting to note that the College Land Grant system, the Morrill Act, was actually passed in 1862 in the middle of the Civil War, the most catastrophic threat to our country's existence ever. And yet we had a President from your great State who had the vision to understand that every State should have a land grant college, which is what that bill did, and created a national commitment to higher education. Again, it was committed to agricultural sciences and mechanical engineering.
What an amazing story about somebody who, gosh knows, could have been distracted with whatever was happening in that terrible conflict, and yet he still understood that we can never, ever, ever lose sight of the importance of investing in our people. That's what has made our country great, and you know that better than anyone.