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For Immediate Release: May 1, 2024 

Contact: press@borrowersaction.org

 

AS GRADUATION SEASON KICKS OFF, MIKE LAWLER'S EXTREMISM WILL KEEP TENS OF THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS, FAMILIES DROWNING IN STUDENT LOAN DEBT 

 

As students and families across New York's 17th Congressional District prepare to celebrate the college graduating class of 2024, Mike Lawler and House Republicans remain hell-bent on robbing their own constituents of much-needed student loan debt relief and making student loans more expensive for millions of Americans.

 

While President Biden has worked to use every legal tool available to him to provide more student debt relief—approving $153 billion in student debt relief for more than 4 million Americans, with more to come— Mike Lawler worked to convince the Supreme Court to block debt relief for more than 84,000 eligible student loan borrowers in New York's 17th Congressional District. Last year, Mike Lawler voted to block student debt relief and reinstate forgiven student loan debt for public service workers, including first responders, nurses, and teachers. 

Mike Lawler also voted to force more than 7,000 of his own constituents to pay more on their monthly student loan bills by trying to repeal President Biden’s Saving on a Valuable Education (SAVE) Plan—the most affordable student loan repayment plan available for struggling borrowers and their families. 

Let's be crystal clear: Mike Lawler is working to keep tens of thousands of his own constituents drowning in student loan debt. 

Aissa Canchola Banez, Political Director of Protect Borrowers Action, issued the following statement:

“This commencement season, the class of 2024 will be graduating with the hope that student loan debt will no longer feel like a life sentence. Unfortunately, House Republicans like Mike Lawler are working overtime to push student loan debt relief out of reach and make student loan payments even more expensive for thousands of their own hard-working constituents. 

“The 93,000 residents of New York's 17th Congressional District who are being crushed by the student loan debt crisis will remember who fought to improve their lives and strengthen the economic stability of their families—and it is NOT Mike Lawler.”

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About Protect Borrowers Action

Protect Borrowers Action educates, activates, and mobilizes Americans with student debt to hold right-wing officials accountable for their efforts to deny borrowers life-changing relief and keep them drowning in student debt. PBA is a fiscally sponsored project of Fund for a Better Future, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization. Learn more at borrowersaction.org.

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