Support Students and Empower Local School Districts

Please join us in encouraging the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee to fully fund the Student Support and Academic Enrichment formula grant program, Title IV, Part A, of the Every Student Succeeds Act, at the authorized amount of $1.65 billion.

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Appropriations: Support Full Funding for Head Start

Created in 1965, Head Start is the most successful, longest-running, national school readiness program in the United States. It provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families. Over 32 million pre-school aged children have directly benefited from Head Start and our country as a whole is better off because of this program.

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Cosponsor HR3366: Teach our Teachers- Teacher Student Loan Forgiveness (v. 3)

As it stands, the Higher Education Act does not allow hard working and underpaid teachers to qualify for both teacher and public service loan forgiveness. This provision greatly restricts young educators and places undue financial burdens on them. H.R. 3366 will help alleviate the financial struggle that these highly skilled teachers face while entering the workforce.

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Cosponsor the Community College to Career Fund Act

Across the country, employers from every sector are struggling to find qualified applicants to fill available jobs. The shortage of skilled workers in relation to open jobs – known as the “skills gap” – harms the competitiveness of local businesses and hinders our nation’s economic growth. However, despite widespread consensus on the need to bridge the skills gap, there has not been sustained national action to address this growing economic challenge.

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Passing H.R. 3016 this Afternoon Will Break a Promise to Our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines

I write today to bring your attention to an urgent problem in H.R. 3016, The VA Provider Equity Act, and urge you to vote no on the bill. In it are many great provisions that help our Veterans and improve the VA. However, the way we are funding this bill is by cutting housing payments to children of Service Members. If they do not or are unable to transfer their GI Bill benefit within 180 days of enactment, their children will receive a 50% cut to their housing stipend.

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It’s a Student Loan & Consumer Rights Issue: Cosponsor the Student Loan Transfers Disclosure Act

Earlier this year, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a factsheet highlighting an issue among student loan borrowers regarding servicing company transfers. A borrower’s loan might be transferred from one student loan servicing company to another, possibly without notice to the borrower. Problems arise when the borrower, unaware of the transfer, submits their loan payments to the wrong servicer, which can then lead to added late fees.

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Help Our Heroes Transition from the Battlefield to the Classroom (v. 3)

Over one million veterans and active duty servicemembers in the United States attend college every year, and many face unique hardships in tra­nsitioning from the battlefield to the classroom. Some student veterans have been away from school for long periods, are older than their peers, have families to support, or struggle with service-related disabilities. These hurdles often lead talented veterans to drop out of school before graduating and limit potential job opportunities.

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Stop Synthetic Drugs

In the past few years, production and use of synthetic drugs that mimic the effects of illicit narcotics have soared. The result has been a growing epidemic of overdoses, hospitalizations, and violent attacks resulting from the stimulating, hallucinogenic effects of these drugs.

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