Senators Send Letter to ED with Concerns on REPAYE Negotiated Rulemaking

Karen McCarthy, Policy & Federal Relations Staff 

In a letter to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, a group of Democratic senators expressed concern with the result of the recent negotiated rulemaking to reform the Pay as You Earn (PAYE) repayment plan.

In the letter, signed by Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Patty Murray (D-WA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jack Reed (D-RI), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), the senators applaud the Department of Education's (ED) efforts to expand PAYE eligibility to more borrowers, but believe the draft proposed rules would “add unnecessary complexity, increase costs for responsible low- and middle-income borrowers, and result in the disparate treatment of graduate and undergraduate borrowers.” Echoing the objections of the majority of non-federal negotiators during this spring’s negotiations, the senators urge ED to support simple and straightforward action to extend the existing PAYE plan to additional borrowers, rather than creating a new repayment plan.


Publication Date: 6/19/2015

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