College Lobbyists Pinching Themselves After Dems Unveil Budget Plan

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"It's almost like, 'Pinch me, pinch me,' " a lobbyist for the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities tells Inside Higher Ed. Her counterpart at the Association of American Universities calls it "heroic." Both are talking about the Democrats' new budget proposal, which would put $1 billion more into Pell grants, raising the maximum size of the grant by $260--"the first increase in grant size in five years," according to Inside Higher Ed. The proposal also recommends more money for science research. To figure out whether a version of that plan could actually be approved, watch to see how much the Dems' plan overlaps with President Bush's, to be released Monday.