Harder Fights for Defrauded Student Loan Borrowers

June 26, 2020
Press Release
DeVos’ Borrower Defense Rule Designed to Prevent Defrauded Students from Getting Loan Relief

WASHINGTON – Today, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10), a member of the House Education and Labor Committee, delivered a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives calling on his colleagues to defend student loan borrowers. Earlier this year, the House and Senate took bipartisan votes to overturn a new rule proposed by Betsy DeVos which would make it more difficult for student borrowers who were victimized by for-profit colleges to get loan relief. However, President Trump vetoed the bipartisan, bicameral legislation.


The text of Rep. Harder’s speech is below.

Thank you Mr. Chairman and thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise today to encourage my colleagues to vote to protect my constituents who were scammed by for-profit colleges. Both the House and the Senate took bipartisan votes to protect these students. But the President overruled our votes, siding with Secretary DeVos and her billionaire donors.

This issue hits home for me – I met a woman named Artemisa who attended a corrupt college in my district. She studied to be a nurse and graduated with $40,000 in debt, but no one would hire her. She’s still paying off that debt to this day. And it’s not just Artemisa – thousands of students at scam colleges across the country have similar stories.

And if Secretary DeVos’s new plan isn’t stopped, these student borrowers may never get the justice they deserve. That’s not what we do in this country. If Secretary DeVos is concerned about cost, she should talk to her billionaire friends in the corrupt college industry. The criminals should not be putting the financial burden on the victims of this fraud. I encourage everyone to vote to overturn the president’s veto.

Thank you and I yield back.

Representative Harder has continued to lead on efforts to conduct constitutionally mandated oversight on the Department of Education. Last year, he went viral for grilling DeVos over her plan to defund all federal literacy programs. He also questioned her about the issue of borrower defense when she testified in front of the committee.