Sending Office: Honorable Mark Takano
Sent By:
Claire.Viall@mail.house.gov

Dear Colleague,

As the Speaker considers bringing H.R. 4508, the PROSPER Act, to the floor we urge you to keep in mind how this legislation would hurt our nation’s students in uniform.

The PROSPER Act would eliminate the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program which was implemented in 2007 and encourages students to go into public service, including active-duty military service, by forgiving student loan debt after ten years.  According
to the Department of Defense, PSLF is an important tool for the military to recruit and retain talent.

In particular, recruitment for specialty fields within the military that require graduate degrees would be affected. Specialty fields like the Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAGC). In its annual survey of Navy Judge Advocates, 67% of respondents intend
to take advantage of PSLF and a large number said they would likely leave active duty if the program were eliminated. More information can be found here.
There are more than 2,500 Navy and Marine Corps individuals signed up for the PSLF program currently.

Due to the large impact on the Navy, the Department of Defense released a white paper earlier this
year opposing the PROSPER Act.

The PROSPER Act would make it harder for our nation’s armed services to recruit and retain top talent and we urge the Speaker not to bring this bill to the floor. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Mark Takano                                                                                              John Sarbanes

Member of Congress                                                                                Member of Congress

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