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FACTS VS. RHETORIC: Congressman Heck Flunks Nevadans on College Affordability

Congressman Heck’s campaign attempts (and fails) to distract from his anti-student, pro-Big Business record

Congressman Heck opposes Gov. Sandoval’s bipartisan increase in education funding, voted to cut Pell Grants, voted to increase student-loan interest rates, voted to relax regulations on predatory for-profit college industry, and wants to eliminate the Department of Education

Las Vegas, NV – Did his DC handlers tweet this with their fingers crossed behind their backs? Despite thinly-veiled attempts by Congressman Heck to score election year political points, there is no masking his record of voting against the interests of Nevada students and families during the half a decade he has spent in Washington. The truth is: Congressman Heck cannot erase his long record of voting to make college more expensive and siding against Nevada students.

Congressman Heck’s report card on education:

  • Opposes Governor Sandoval’s bipartisan increase in education funding;
  • Wants to abolish the Department of Education;
  • Voted for $90 billion in cuts to Pell Grants;
  • Voted to make 1 million student ineligible for Pell Grants;
  • Voted to raise student loan interest rates;
  • Voted to relax regulations on predatory for-profit college industry.*

*after receiving over $35,000 in campaign contributions from for-profit college corporations

“Congressman Heck’s plan for Nevada students is essentially: you pay more, big corporations pay less,” said Sarah Zukowski, spokesperson for the Nevada State Democratic Party. “Whether it’s voting to cut Pell Grants for 37,000 Nevada students, voting to raise student interest rates, or opposing Governor Sandoval’s bipartisan increase in education funding, Congressman Heck has repeatedly sided with special interests and big corporations against Nevada students.”

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