VIDEO: Rep. Andy Levin Votes to Reject DeVos Rule that Cheats Students Defrauded by For-Profit Colleges

January 16, 2020
Press Release

Congressman Andy Levin, vice chair of the House Committee on Education and Labor, today voted for H.J.Res. 76, a resolution titled Blocking DeVos Rule That Denies Debt Relief to Students Defrauded by Predatory Colleges. The resolution blocks Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s rule that makes it much harder for students defrauded by predatory colleges to get the relief they desperately need.

The resolution is House Democrats’ first use of the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to reverse a Trump administration rule. The Congressional Review Act, enacted in 1996, gives Congress 60 legislative days to overturn a final rule, once it is submitted to Congress.

Watch Congressman Levin’s remarks from the House Floor in support of the resolution or read the transcript below:

“Secretary DeVos and this Administration have proven that they will go to the ends of the earth to defend predatory for-profit colleges at the expense of our students and taxpayers.

“This holds true for the DeVos Borrower Defense rule, which creates unnecessary obstacles for students seeking debt relief from predatory for-profit colleges. It even punishes students with approved claims by allowing these colleges to deny students their transcripts and refuse to verify their earned credits.

“Passing this joint resolution is a crucial step, and I urge my colleagues to support it. But we must also build on this work by bringing our Higher Education Act reauthorization to the floor—next up, we’ve got to pass the College Affordability Act, and even stronger protections for America’s students.

“Mr. Speaker, I want to add a personal note. From 2007 to 2011, I ran the workforce system of the state of Michigan. In those years, fraudulent for-profit higher education programs emerged as a major problem in Michigan and in our nation.

“As a former state program director, I can tell you that our states do not have the resources or the authority to remedy this problem. The federal government must act.

“Again, I urge my colleagues to vote Yes and I yield back the balance of my time.”