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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

U.S. House to vote on upending DeVos student loan forgiveness policy

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. House Democrats are co-sponsors of the measure against DeVos, a West Michigan native and member of a powerful family that’s donated millions to GOP and education choice causes for decades. The original co-sponsors are: U.S. Reps. Haley Stevens (D-Rochester Hills), Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) and Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn). U.S. Reps. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly), Dan Kildee (D-Flint) and Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield) also have signed on. The revision makes the process for applying for and granting forgiveness “unnecessarily difficult and burdensome for the students who we are supposed to be protecting,” Lee said in a statement last fall when she introduced the bill.