Durbin Calls On Senate Colleagues To Stand Up For Veterans & Students Defrauded By For-Profit Colleges
Ahead Of House Vote Tomorrow, Durbin Urges Senate To Overturn DeVos Borrower Defense Rule To Help Defrauded Student Borrowers
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today, in a speech on the Senate floor, slammed Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ rewritten borrower defense rule that guts essential protections for student borrowers and taxpayers. Durbin urged his Senate colleagues to support his Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution (S.J.Res. 56) of disapproval overturning the DeVos rule when it comes to the Senate floor for a vote. Durbin cited a letter urging the Senate to overturn the rule from American Legion National Commander, James W. “Bill” Oxford who wrote, “thousands of student veterans have been defrauded over the years—promised their credits would transfer when they wouldn’t, given false or misleading job placement rates in marketing, promised one educational experience…but given something completely different.”
“You’re going to get a chance now, Democrats and Republicans, to undo the mess created by the Secretary of Education. You will get a chance to stand for these student loan borrowers who have been defrauded. And equally important, a chance to stand up for veterans. How many speeches have been delivered on this floor about the men and women in uniform, and those who served, about how much we honor them? Honor them by standing with the American Legion and voting to undo the borrower defense rule by Secretary DeVos,” Durbin said.
Video of Durbin’s remarks on the Senate floor are available here.
Audio of Durbin’s remarks on the Senate floor is available here.
Footage of Durbin’s remarks on the Senate floor is available here for TV Stations.
The House is expected to vote on the House version of the measure, H.J.Res. 76 introduced by U.S. Representative Susie Lee (D-NV-03), tomorrow.
The DeVos borrower defense rule makes it almost impossible for borrowers who are defrauded by their school or harmed by their school’s closure to receive the relief to which they are entitled, and which Congress intended, under the Higher Education Act (HEA). According to an analysis by The Institute for College Access and Success, the DeVos borrower defense rule will cancel just three percent of all loans associated with misconduct.
CRA resolutions of disapproval allow Congress to overturn regulatory actions of federal agencies with a simple majority vote in both chambers. A time for consideration of the resolutions on the floor of the Senate will be coordinated with Senate leadership.