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Bonamici Denounces DeVos Repeal of Key Consumer Protection for Students

June 28, 2019
Press Release


WASHINGTON, DC [6/28/19] – Today Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Chair of the Education & Labor Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services, issued the following statement after the Trump administration announced the rescission of the Gainful Employment rule.


“The Trump administration’s decision to rescind the Gainful Employment rule puts students at risk while letting for-profit institutions off the hook for low-quality programs,” said Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici. “We have seen far too many institutions, like ITT and Corinthians, engage in fraud that left students saddled with burdensome debt they cannot afford to pay.


“Weakening these protections will allow for-profit institutions to continue preying on students at the expense of students, families, and taxpayers –  at an estimated cost of $6.2 billion. I will continue to stand up for students and fight back in Congress against these predatory institutions.  This move by the Trump administration emphasizes the urgency of passing a comprehensive reauthorization of the Higher Education Act that will strengthen protections for students.”


Bonamici is a steadfast advocate for stronger consumer protections and has called out the administration’s efforts to delay key provisions and their intent to rescind the Gainful Employment rule when it was first proposed.