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New York has one of the most left-wing activist state governments in the Nation. After expanding abortion lawsearlier this year to permit killing an infant after birth – the New York Assembly Democrats struck again this week with a blow to Gold Star Families.

The Senate Democrats blocked a bill that would have expanded college tuition aid for any student that is a dependent of a fallen U.S. soldier in a combat zone.  The bill was voted down by the Higher Education Committee, meaning it won’t even be able to come to a floor vote.

“It’s disgraceful,”said New York Assemblyman Gary Finch. “Soldiers who lay down their lives and make the ultimate sacrifice represent the best of us. The children they love so dearly deserve access to the opportunity and promise that is the hallmark of this country. I can’t imagine what’s in your heart when you vote ‘no’ on a bill like this.”

To make matters worse – the same assembly voted to offer tuition assistance to illegal immigrants in the state that same week. The state of New York is now offering $27 million to illegal immigrants, but can’t seem to find room in the budget to assist children of those who died fighting for our country.

“When we can take care of every American citizen who is here legally and played by the rules … then we can talk about those who are not,” said Sen. Rob Ortt, an opposer of the Dream Act commented after its passage.

These two votes hurt the citizens of New York, who have always played by the rules, paid taxes, and worked hard to send their children to college. But what’s worse is that they disrespect the men and women who put their lives on the line every single day so the government can pass legislation – by the people, and for the people. These two bills coming out of New York go against the very values we hold as a Nation.

The people of New York should be ashamed of the state government they elected – we believe in honoring the fallen and respecting their service. Taking away college tuition assistance from their children to give to those who disrespect our country’s laws is unthinkable.

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