END FREE SPEECH ZONES

Today, free speech is under assault on college campuses across our country. Free speech codes, free speech zones, disrupting speakers and general close-mindedness are impinging upon First Amendment rights. Institutions of higher education are supposed to
operate as marketplaces of ideas, not sites of restrictions and heavy-handedness.

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Help Improve Access to Higher Education for Students with Disabilities

Please join me as an original co-sponsor of the Improving Access to Higher Education Act – the first-ever comprehensive legislation specifically addressing the needs of students with disabilities in higher education. This bill would amend the Higher Education
Act (HEA) to promote college access and completion for students with disabilities.  Regardless of disability, the more you learn, the more you earn, and all students need some form of credential to find a job and succeed in our knowledge-based economy. Since
the early 1990s and the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), federal law has been clear – individuals with disabilities must have equitable opportunities to fully participate in society, live independently, and gain economic self-sufficiency.
Despite some progress, higher education policy is still not cutting it.

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Cosponsor the Educating Student Loan Borrowers Act

Total private and federal student loan debt has now topped $1.3 trillion in the United States, shared by 42.4 million Americans. About 70% of students are borrowing in order to get a college education, and of those borrowing federal dollars, one in six will
not be able to pay their loans back on time.

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Make College for All a Reality – Co-sponsor HR 1880

According to the Seattle Times, America’s student debt currently totals $1.3 trillion and stands higher than all other consumer debt with
the exception only of mortgages. Statistics from The Guardian reveal that nearly two-thirds of such debt is accrued by women, who “borrow more to get ahead” only to face income inequality and job discrimination
in the working world. This leads to greater financial hardship and rapidly accumulating interest, and offsets the gains of having a college degree.

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