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Murray on House Higher Education Bill: “Jamming Through Partisan Bills In the Dead of the Night” Is A Step In the Wrong Direction

(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement on the passage of a partisan Higher Education Act reauthorization bill out of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.


“You would think Republicans would have learned by now that jamming through partisan bills in the dead of the night is not how people think Congress should work, and yet, that’s exactly what House Republicans did last night. This bill would hurt the students that need the most help by cutting billions in financial aid, making college more expensive, undermining protections for survivors of sexual assault, and loosening accountability standards to benefit for-profit colleges, which have a history of taking advantage of students and cheating them out of their education and savings. The Senate HELP Committee has a record of working together to solve complicated issues, so I hope my Republican colleagues will continue to choose a bipartisan path forward to reauthorize the Higher Education Act in a way that fully addresses the most challenging issues students and borrowers face today.”