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File #: 190188    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 3/14/2019 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 3/21/2019
Title: Urging the United States Congress to reject President Trump's proposed budget cuts to the United States Department of Education.
Sponsors: Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Domb
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 19018800
Title
Urging the United States Congress to reject President Trump's proposed budget cuts to the United States Department of Education.
Body
WHEREAS, President Trump's 2020 budget proposal seeks to cut the United States Department of Education's funding by $7.1 billion as compared to 2019 funding; and

WHEREAS, The budget proposal introduces cuts to 29 programs including, but not limited to, summer and after school programs for high school students in poverty-stricken areas; and

WHEREAS, President Trump's 2020 budget proposal would also terminate the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, a federal program created by President George W. Bush that forgives federal student loans for borrowers who are employed full-time (more than 30 hours per week) in an eligible federal, state or local public service job or 501(c)(3) non-profit job who make 120 eligible on-time payments over ten years; and

WHEREAS, Due to the student loan debt crisis many citizens of Philadelphia often cannot start families, purchase homes, or start businesses because their disposable income is used to pay student loan debt. This leads to further income inequality among the citizens of Philadelphia; and
WHEREAS, Elimination of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program could discourage loan borrowers from entering into public service, negatively affecting public servants, including members of the U.S. Armed Forces, police officers, firefighters, first responders, prosecutors, public defenders, and many more; and

WHEREAS, The budget proposal would eliminate several other higher education programs, such as subsidized Stafford Loans, and reduce federal work-study funding. Ending subsidized student loans would increase the cost of attending college and graduate school due to increasing interest costs for student borrowers; and

WHEREAS, The 2020 budget proposal seeks to change Federal Student Loan repayment by reducing income-driven repayment, a process that allows student borrowers to rep...

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