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Op-Ed: Rebuilding our economy with higher education, apprenticeships

For 113 consecutive months, the United States’ economy saw an increase in the number of jobs, the longest streak on record. Then the coronavirus hit, leaving at least 30 million Americans unemployed and eliminating the past decade’s employment growth. While we once focused on maintaining our robust gains, we are now picking up the pieces. Our country is currently in the middle of a storm, but when it clears, millions of Americans will be ready and willing to get back to work, and we will have an economy in need of rebuilding.

Fitzpatrick bill seeks to help essential workers with student loan debt

Newly introduced bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) would establish a new commission to designate specific essential workers and to provide them with student loan debt relief during the pandemic.

“Our essential workers put their lives at risk every day to make sure the rest of us are safe and healthy,” said Rep. Fitzpatrick. “They deserve all of the help we can provide them. By providing the option to help pay their student loans or continue their education, we can give them one less thing to worry about.”

Ryan's bipartisan bill would help essential workers

YOUNGSTOWN — Representatives Tim Ryan (OH-13), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Annie Kuster (D-NH) on Tuesday introduced legislation to provide $25,000 in either student loan debt relief or education benefits to essential workers and their family members.

The Opportunities for Heroes Act recognizes the contributions made by a diverse set of workers, including firefighters and first responders, health care providers, grocery store employees, transportation workers, and more, to help Americans through the COVID-19 health emergency.

Fitzpatrick & Doggett Introduce Bipartisan American Opportunity Student Tax Relief Act

LANGHORNE, PA Today, May 5th, 2020, Representatives Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) and Lloyd Doggett (TX-35) introduced the American Opportunity Student Tax Relief Act. This legislation assures that college emergency grants to students authorized by the CARES Act are not taxed. It expands the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC)—which already helps millions of students pay for the costs of college—with both a short-term expansion of the incentive during the pandemic and long-term improvements to the program.

Fitzpatrick Urges Department of Education to Provide Relief for Local School Districts

LANGHORNE, PA—Today, April 30th, 2020, Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) sent a letter to United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos urging that school districts be granted the flexibility to utilize the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant funding to help fill budget gaps in school district budgets.

Fitzpatrick & Harder Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Allow 2020 Grads to Defer Student Loans

LANGHORNE, PA – Today, April 10th, Representatives Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) and Josh Harder (CA-10) introduced the bipartisan COVID-19 Graduate Relief Act, with six other cosponsors, to allow 2020 college graduates to defer their student loans for three years. The Coronavirus has sent the U.S. job market into a tailspin - last month, the U.S. lost over 700,000 jobs – and this bill will help support recent graduates until the economy rebounds.