Bonamici Blasts Department of Education for Blocking State Consumer Protection Laws

WASHINGTON, DC [02/27/18] – Today Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, a leader on the House Education and the Workforce Committee, issued the following statement after reports that the Department of Education is planning to block states from regulating student loan collection companies:

“After rolling back consumer protections for student loan borrowers at the federal level, Education Secretary DeVos is now trying to prevent states from taking action to protect their residents from fraud and abuse. Through this action, DeVos is allowing contractors, many of whom are accused of widespread abusive practices, to avoid complying with state consumer protection laws. It’s unacceptable that the Education Secretary would stand with companies that have been accused of ripping off low-income students, active duty military personnel, and disabled veterans.

“Twenty-five state attorneys general sent a bipartisan letter to Secretary DeVos urging her to not block state oversight and enforcement of the student loan industry. The attorneys general see what’s happening in their states, and I applaud them for their action. States should be able to continue enforcing measures to protect students and borrowers from fraudulent and abusive practices.

“Secretary DeVos must stop putting the interest of for-profit colleges and student loan collection companies over the interests of students.”



Press Contact

Maggie Rousseau, 202-754-1649