Joe Sestak on Education

Last Updated : Jun 30, 2010

Summary

Congressman Sestak is a strong supporter of the student loan reform section of the 2009 health care reform bill.  This law made that US government the sole provider of loans for college educations.

He has supported measures to increase Pell grants, measures to increase Head Start programs to provide a year of pre-school for all children, and supports programs to provide a free breakfast to all children without proof of need.

 

WRTI Radio - Student Loan Program

A segment of WRTI radio aired a response by Congressman Sestak to questions about the college loan modifications that were made as part of the 2009 health care reform bill.  The bill essentially made the federal government the sole loaning entity for students to receive loans for college.  Congressman Sestak stated that this would open up over $80 billion dollars in funding.

 

Education and College Affordability - Comcast Local Edition

In September of 2009, Congressman Sestak appeared on a local news station and spoke about the recent legislation which passed with the 2009 health care reform bill.  He stated that the legislation removed the middle man which allocated the government money to students.  He stated that the new system used private companies to administer the loans.  He stated that this more direct system would save $87 Billion dollars which would go to paying down the debt.

 

Campaign Website Statements

 

 

Official Website Statements

 

Voting Record

America COMPETES Reauthorization Act

In May of 2010 the House voted on reauthorizing the America COMPETES Act. The act passed the House 262-150. Joe Sestak voted in favor of reauthorizing the America COMPETES Act.

Joe Sestak voted in favor of reauthorizing the America COMPETES Act.

College Cost Reduction and Access Act

The College Cost Reduction and Access Act is a significant education bill dealing largely with funding for higher education. The bill removes tuition sensitivity for Pell Grants, increases the amount available for Pell grants, Funds the Upward Bound program, establishes the TEACH Grants, reduces student loan repayment rates, sets deferments based on need and establishes some partner based grants. The bill got the full support of the Democrats, but passed with the support of only about 1/4 of the Republicans. Joe Sestak voted in favor of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

Joe Sestak voted in favor of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 2928; Graduation Promise Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

To provide grants to States to improve high schools and raise graduation rates while ensuring rigorous standards, to develop and implement effective school models for struggling students and dropouts, and to improve State policies to raise graduation rates, and for other purposes.

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