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August 14, 2020

Dear Friend,

Visit My New Website Today!

As your representative in Congress, my top priority is being able to connect with you. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is now more important than ever to be able to easily access the resources, services and assistance that my office can provide.
 
I invite you to visit my newly designed website vela.house.gov. Through this website, you can request assistance with a federal agency, find out about useful community resources, and learn about current legislation and how it directly impacts South Texas.
 
Visit my website today and discover how my office can help you!

 

This Week’s Legislative Business

In Congress, I am committed to introducing and supporting legislation that helps improve life for my constituents back home in the 34th District of Texas. This week I had the proud honor of introducing H.R. 8028 The Protect Minority Student Borrowers Act of 2020.  

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The bill would amend the Equal Credit Opportunity Act to prohibit private education lenders from discriminating against applicant’s based on the institution of higher education they attend or previously attended. 

This legislation follows a report by the Student Borrower Protection Center, which found that borrowers who refinance their student loans through a company using education data may pay a penalty of up to $3,499 for being linked to a Minority Serving Institution, all other variables constant. 

I believe students should not be unfairly burdened by greater student loan debt for deciding to attend a Historically Black College and University (HBCU), Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), Tribal College and University (TCU) or community college. 

Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and community colleges have traditionally helped people of color, rural, first generation, and low income students. The Protect Minority Student Borrowers Act will eliminate discrimination against these students who deserve equal and fair access to higher education.

 

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Sincerely,

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Filemon Vela
Member of Congress

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