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S. 1203 (116th): What You Can Do For Your Country Act

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About the bill

Nearly 99 percent of applicants for a federal student loan forgiveness program are being turned down. Should more be accepted?


Created in 2007, the Education Department’s Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program aims to help erase student debt for graduates who go into important public sector jobs such as the military, police officers, firefighters, teachers, and public defenders.

But under Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, the Trump Administration tightened the rules for eligibility. As a result, almost 99 percent of PSLF applications have been denied. Only $10.6 million out of the $700 million Congress appropriated for the program has been spent.

What the bill does

The What You Can Do For Your Country Act would greatly expand eligibility for the PSLF program, so that almost everybody who deserves the …

Sponsor and status

Kirsten Gillibrand

Sponsor. Junior Senator for New York. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Apr 11, 2019
Length: 29 pages
Apr 11, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on April 11, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


28 Cosponsors (27 Democrats, 1 Independent)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Gillibrand, Kaine And Warren Lead Colleagues To Call For Fixes To Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program To Be Included In Relief Package
    — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand [D-NY] (Sponsor) on Jul 24, 2020

Baldwin, Colleagues Call for Fixes to Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program to be Included in Relief Package
    — Sen. Tammy Baldwin [D-WI] (Co-sponsor) on Jul 27, 2020

Representatives DeSaulnier and Sarbanes Launch House Effort to Relieve Student Loan Debt for Public Servants
    — Rep. Mark DeSaulnier [D-CA11] on May 1, 2019

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Apr 11, 2019

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

S. 1203 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 1203. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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