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LEGISLATIVE ALERT

4/4/2008

Important Vote on Loan Forgiveness

Tell Your Senator to Support Loan Forgiveness!

While Congress appears close to finishing negotiations, the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, and the Loan Forgiveness portion within it, is still undecided.

Your Senator is on the Conference Committee that will determine the fate of Loan Forgiveness. Call your Senator today and tell them to support Loan Forgiveness in the Higher Education Act (HR 4137/S1642)!

Senators that need to hear about Loan Forgiveness:

Democrats
Christopher Dodd, CT
Tom Harkin, IA
Barack Obama, IL
Edward Kennedy, MA
Barbara Mikulski, MD
Jeff Bingaman, NM
Hillary Rodham Clinton, NY
Sherrod Brown, OH
Jack Reed, RI
Patty Murray, WA


Republicans
Lisa Murkowski, AK
Johnny Isakson, GA
Pat Roberts, KS
Judd Gregg, NH
Lamar Alexander, TN
Orrin Hatch, UT
Michael Enzi, WY







ACTION REQUIRED

Call the Capitol Switchboard to be connected with your Senator!
U.S. Capitol Switchboard 1-800-828-0498

MESSAGE

Tell your Senator to support Loan Forgiveness in the Higher Education Act (HR 4137/S1642)!

BACKGROUND

BACKGROUND

Both houses have passed their own bills (H.R. 4137/S. 1642). Last year a new college loan law was passed but the current discussion is on a reauthorization over the remaining parts of the higher education law. Of particular interest to the child welfare community is Section 425 of the House bill, the Loan Forgiveness for Service in Areas of National Need. One of the thirteen categories of highest need are child welfare workers, defined as a person who has obtained a degree in social work or related field with a focus on serving children and families and is employed in public or private child welfare services.

If a person fits this definition they can receive up to $2000 per year for each of the first five years if they continue to work for such an agency. The Senate bill does not contain the same provision.

It will be up to the Conference Committee members to make a final decision. The Conference Committee is drawn from members of the House Education and Labor committee and all Senate members of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee.

The Conference Committee is working through a long list of complex issues, and it is important that they hear from you about Loan Forgiveness! Please call your member of Congress and tell them to include Loan Forgiveness in the final bill!


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