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Courtney statement on the expiration of the Perkins student loan program

October 1, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2) released the following statement after Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Senator Lamar Alexander blocked bipartisan legislation passed in the House by voice vote Monday, that would  reauthorize the federal Perkins student loan program for one year:

“While Congress narrowly managed to avert a full government shutdown yesterday—in spite of a majority of House Republicans voting for a repeat of 2013's shutdown—Republican dysfunction has once again halted a critical federal program aimed to help the neediest students achieve the dream of college education. The Perkins loan program expired last night, cutting off loans to approximately half a million students, at a time when a college degree is becoming increasingly necessary to success in the workforce."

"Playing politics with critical student loan aid in the midst of the school year is a shameful attack on needy students, and I urge Chairman Alexander and Senate Republicans to listen to the hundreds of thousands of students and families around the country who need the Perkins program reauthorized immediately."

Courtney played an integral role in passing legislation to avert a slated doubling of interest rates on federal student loans in 2013,  and as a member of the Higher Education and Workforce Training Subcommittee, is a strong advocate for affordable federal student loans and aid.