COHEAO Sparks: Reps. Messer and Pocan Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Supporting Perkins Loans

Today, Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) introduced a bipartisan resolution stating Congress’ support for the continuation of the Perkins Loan Program. Messer and Pocan, both members of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, are seeking additional cosponsors on the resolution.

COHEAO members and Perkins Loan advocates are strongly encouraged to contact their representatives and urge them to cosponsor this resolution.  To locate your representative, please click here or visit http://www.coheao.com/resources/letters-to-congress/. Here is full excel list of representatives: Representative Email List as of 1 7 14 as well as an Example Email.

As you urge your representatives to support this resolution, please ask their offices to contact the following staffers in Rep. Messer and Rep. Pocan’s offices:
*   Molly Newell, Legislative Assistant to Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN) – Molly.Newell@mail.house.gov
*   Alicia Molt, Legislative Director to Rep. Mark Pocan, (D-WI) – Alicia.Molt@mail.house.gov

H Res 294 highlights many of the virtues of Perkins Loans, including low-cost subsidized loans for needy students, targeted cancellations for public service, and the “human touch of campus-based servicing.”  The resolution closes with the following:

Resolved, That the House of Representatives strongly  supports the continuation of the Perkins Loan Program in order to provide educational opportunities to future generations of students who need low-cost financing to make their dreams of higher education possible.

The introduction of this resolution, particularly in a bipartisan fashion by members of the Education and the Workforce Committee, is a strong sign of support for the Perkins Loan Program.  However, it will be a much stronger statement if the resolution has numerous cosponsors.  Please reach out to your representatives and urge them to support H. Res 294.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Hannah Allen (hallen@wpllc.net), Laura Kaloi (lkaloi@wpllc.net) or Harrison Wadsworth (hwadsworth@wpllc.net) of the COHEAO staff in Washington, DC.

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