Perdue and Loeffler Vote for DeVos Plan to Roll Back Protections for Victims of Scammer For-Profit Colleges

March 11, 2020

Both Republican Senators stand behind rule that would make it harder for nearly 10,000 Georgia students who were defrauded and looking for debt relief

ATLANTA — Today, Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler put Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and her scammer for-profit college allies ahead of Georgia students. Both Perdue and Loeffler voted to uphold a DeVos rule that would make it exceedingly more difficult for student victims of fraudulent for-profit colleges to receive debt forgiveness.

This rule would add new and excessive burdens onto the nearly 220,000 fraud victims nationwide who are still looking for relief — including almost 10,000 victims in Georgia, and veterans defrauded by for-profit colleges. But instead of standing behind thousands of defrauded students saddled with debt, Perdue and Loeffler once again went to bat for their special interest allies.

Perdue has already repeatedly backed DeVos’ Education Department despite numerous missteps and reckless policies, and recently voted to confirm a judicial nominee involved in this DeVos rule to roll back protections for victims of scammer for-profit institutions. Loeffler, meanwhile, has pledged to stand with the administration and Senate Republicans “100%” — no matter how dangerous or irresponsible their policies are for Georgians.

“Today’s vote by Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler to make it harder for victims of fraudulent for-profit colleges to have their loans forgiven is yet another example of them putting special interests and the administration over everyday Georgians,” said Alex Floyd, spokesman for the Democratic Party of Georgia. “This rule could be devastating for thousands of student fraud victims in-state, including student veterans. But Perdue and Loeffler are clearly more concerned with scoring political points and backing up their special interest allies than protecting Georgia students.”


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