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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

Education and Student Loans

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February 28, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (MI-14) led Representatives Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Joe Neguse (D-CO), Roe Khanna (D-CA), and Bennie Thompson (D-MS) in introducing the Pell to Grad Act, legislation that aims to increase opportunities for financial assistance and help hardworking students offset rising college costs while also promoting continued education.

January 13, 2020 In The News

The U.S. House is expected to vote next week on a resolution that would overturn a federal rule that critics say guts protections for defrauded student loan borrowers. The resolution — led by Nevada Democratic U.S. Rep. Susie Lee — expresses congressional disapproval of the so-called borrower defense rule, which was revised by President Donald Trump’s education secretary, Betsy DeVos. All seven Michigan U.S.

September 30, 2019 Press Release

Detroit, MI – Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (MI-14) has scheduled a Town Hall meeting in Detroit’s Corktown community on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at the Detroit Police Athletic League (PAL) facility located at 1680 Michigan Avenue from 6:00pm – 7:30pm.


May 9, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Brenda L. Lawrence issued the following statement on the House Committee on Appropriations’ passage of the FY2020 funding bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Humans Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS). The bill includes $189.9 billion for vital programs that have long been neglected under a previously Republican-controlled House. This bill appropriates $48 billion over the President’s fiscal year 2020 budget request, which continued a dangerous trend of underfunding essential programs.


April 8, 2019 In The News

A group of Ypsilanti high school students is raising funds to help young girls travel to the nation’s capital. The United Way Club at Washtenaw International High School, founded in 2017 by student Lisa Mathew, organizes educational and leadership opportunities for students in need. Last summer, the club raised $26,000 and sent 46 middle school girls from Detroit and Ypsilanti to Washington D.C. In 2019, the club’s goal is to raise $45,000 to send 90 girls to D.C. in two separate, five-day trips. Michigan-based members of Congress, including U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing; U.S Sen.

April 8, 2019 In The News

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is facing intense criticism from congressional Democrats and advocacy groups as she prepares to overhaul how schools handle sexual assault allegations. The forthcoming final rule — expected in the coming months — stands to be one of the most controversial moves of her tenure as education secretary. DeVos could face tough questions from congressional Democrats on the sexual assault policy and other issues next week as she heads to Capitol Hill to testify.

March 6, 2019 In The News

A glitch in the Republican tax law means many public colleges this year won’t have to pay a new tax on highly paid executives that will hit their nonprofit college peers. — Los Angeles teachers are moving closer toward a strike. The city’s superintendent told POLITICO he shares the goals of union members pushing to reduce class sizes and hire more librarians and nurses — but said he also has a fiscal responsibility to keep the district solvent.

January 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (MI-14), released the following statement after being nominated by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic Steering Committee to serve on the House Appropriations Committee, responsible for setting funding levels for federal departments and agencies:

November 29, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, the leadership of the Democratic Women’s Working Group (DWWG), Representatives Jackie Speier (CA-14), Lois Frankel (FL-21), and Brenda Lawrence (MI-14), as well as Representative Annie Kuster (NH-02) and 76 of their House colleagues sent a letter to Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos condemning her recently proposed rule for Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 (Title IX).

October 9, 2018 In The News

All who gathered at the annual Grosse Pointe Public School System community luncheon Oct. 1 had the opportunity to mingle with elected officials, school board members, law enforcement officers, educators and clergy from the five Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods. They also received information regarding several educational topics during the 90-minute event held at Defer Elementary School. After a welcome from Principal Lisa Rheaume, GPPSS Superintendent Gary Niehaus addressed those gathered about the district’s $111,040,000 bond referendum that will be on the ballot during the Nov.