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S. 1203: 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?

Context

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 ...

Sponsor and status

Kirsten Gillibrand

Sponsor. Junior Senator for New York. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Apr 11, 2019
Length: 29 pages
Introduced
Apr 11, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Status

Introduced on Apr 11, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on April 11, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

Prognosis
4% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)
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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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History

Apr 11, 2019
 
Introduced

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Signed by the President

S. 1203 is 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.

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