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Congressman Gus Bilirakis

Representing the 12th District of Florida

Education

Congressman Bilirakis has been a long-time proponent of the public education system, both in the Florida Legislature and now in Congress. As a father of four boys, all of whom graduated from or currently attend public school, he understands the link between a robust public education system and a vital and thriving nation. 

Bilirakis has supported legislation to increase access to higher education by raising the maximum Pell Grant (federal assistance that deserving students do not have to repay) award. Congressman Bilirakis also has voted to improve the Head Start program to help close the learning gap between children from disadvantaged families and their more well-off peers. In the 113th Congress, Bilirakis supported legislation, which is now law, to help make college more affordable by permanently reducing interest rates on federally-subsidized student loans. He also voted in favor of legislation that would return the control of the public school system to localities, by empowering teachers, families, and local school boards.

Congressman Bilirakis regularly holds college fairs for high school seniors and juniors, and their families. These fairs provide students and their families with the information they need to make the higher education choice most appropriate for that student and his or her family.

More on Education

July 19, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12), Vice Chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Committee, released the below statement after the committee unanimously advanced the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Education Assistance Act, H.R. 3218, which includes his provision to modernize the VA’s Information Technology systems for GI Bill claims processing.
July 18, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12), Vice Chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Committee, joined a legislative hearing on the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Education Assistance Act, H.R. 3218. The bill would improve and extend GI Bill benefits granted to Veterans, and includes a provision introduced by Bilirakis to modernize the VA’s Information Technology systems for processing claims.
November 23, 2016 Press Release
U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis announced today that Nikhil Dutt, a senior at Land O’Lakes High School, has won the Congressional App Challenge for Florida’s 12th District. Nikhil’s winning app, entitled “Student Toolbox,” is a software program that helps students organize their schoolwork and connect with teachers and peers.
January 21, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Representative Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) released the following statement on the President’s State of the Union Address:

February 4, 2007 Press Release

Legislation allows widows to remarry without financial penalty  


February, 5, 2007

Washington, D.C.
- Today, Congressman Gus M. Bilirakis (R-Palm Harbor) announced he filed H.R. 704, which addresses the Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) program for widows of Armed Service Members.