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This letter was sent by OpenCongress user uncolorcoordinated on April 27, 2012 in support of H.R.4170 Student Loan Forgiveness Act of 2012.
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H.R.4170 Student Loan Forgiveness Act of 2012

I am writing as your constituent in the 4th Congressional district of Georgia. I support H.R.4170 - Student Loan Forgiveness Act of 2012, and am tracking it using OpenCongress.org, the free public resource website for government transparency and accountability.

Sincerely,

This letter was a reply from the office of Johnny Isakson on April 27, 2012.
Re: H.R.4170 Student Loan Forgiveness Act of 2012

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This letter was a reply from the office of Henry C. "Hank" Johnson Jr. on April 27, 2012.
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This letter was a reply from the office of Johnny Isakson on June 12, 2012.
A Response From Johnny Isakson

Dear Mrs. Garcia:

Thank you for contacting me regarding student loan interest rates. I appreciate your comments and the opportunity to respond.

Student loan interest rates are an issue that impacts the lives of millions of Americans every month. Unless Congress acts, interest rates on subsidized student college loans will increase from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on July 1, 2012. On May 8, 2012, the Senate voted on a motion to proceed to Democratic Leader Harry Reid's legislation, S.2343. Senator Reid's bill would accomplish the goal of keeping the reduced student loan rate intact but would do so by permanently raising taxes on job creating businesses and diverting money that would otherwise go to fund Social Security and Medicare. I voted against Senator Reid's bill, and it failed to receive the 60 votes needed for passage.

I believe that student loans are an issue that needs to be dealt with, and I am proud to be a co-sponsor of S.2366, the Interest Rate Reduction Act. Unfortunately, on May, 24, 2012, this bill failed to receive the 60 votes needed for passage. I was proud to be a co-sponsor of the Alexander proposal and voted in favor of the bill. I believe that Congress should act to ensure that the interest rates on these student loans do not double, and the cost of preventing the increase should be paid for by trimming government spending, not hurting seniors and job creators.

In today's economy, college students are having a hard time finding employment after graduation. If we raise taxes on job creating businesses, these crucial businesses will be unable to continue the growing and hiring practices that are essential to economic recovery.

Thank you again for contacting me. Please visit my webpage at http://isakson.senate.gov/ for more information on the issues important to you and to sign up for my e-newsletter .

Sincerely, Johnny Isakson United States Senator

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This letter was a reply from the office of Henry C. "Hank" Johnson Jr. on June 20, 2012.
Responding to your message

June 20, 2012

Mrs.

Dear Mrs. Garcia,

Thank you for contacting me to express your support for H.R, 4170, the Student Loan Forgiveness Act. I welcome feedback from my constituents and I appreciate your interest in this issue. I could not agree more about this issue and am a proud cosponsor of this bill.

Education lays the foundation for economic success and security, employment, and overall well-being. It is the cornerstone of the American dream, opening the door to job opportunities and professional fulfillment. Yet, the price of college continues to increase and more students are forced to take out larger loans to pay for their education. At a time when Americans owe more in student-loan debt than credit card debt, it is more critical than ever that we make education affordable for all Americans.

H.R. 4170, the Student Loan Forgiveness Act, was introduce by Representative Hansen Clarke on March 8, 2012, and is pending before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. If enacted, this legislation would forgive outstanding student loan debt for Americans who have made payments equal to 10 percent of their discretionary income for 10 years. H.R. 4170 would also allow graduates who enter public service professions, such as teachers and first responders, to have their loans forgiven within five years instead of ten, and cap interest rates on federal loans at 3.4 percent.

The current fixed interest rate on Stafford federal subsidized loans, held by nearly 8 million undergraduates, is 3.4 percent. This rate will double to 6.8 percent on July 1, 2012 unless Congress takes action. That increase could mean an increase of $5,000 over a 10-year repayment period for borrowers who rely most on federal student loans. I have always fought for increased funding for the Pell Grants, which are a key component of our student aid system, helping over 10 million lower-income students afford a college education. I believe we must find a way to keep our commitment to Pell strong, so that millions of students can continue to take their futures in their own hands. Rest assured, I will continue to support legislation that helps to make education accessible for students and families throughout the United States. I look forward to supporting H.R. 4170 should it come before the floor of the House of Representatives for a vote during the 112th Congress and am glad we can agree on this issue.

I am eager to hear from you and look forward to working with you in the future. For more information, please visit my office online at www.HankJohnson.house.gov , where you may sign up to receive my e-newsletter. Thank you again for contacting me.

Sincerely, Hank Johnson

This letter was a reply from the office of Johnny Isakson on May 28, 2013.
the Veterans' Administration must do better

Dear Mrs. Garcia:

As someone who has an interest in veterans issues, I thought you would appreciate this update.

The Marietta Dailey Journal - MDJonline.com

Memorial Day - Veterans' Administration must do better

by Sen. Johnny Isakson

Columnist

May 25, 2013 10:30 PM

On this Memorial Day weekend, we commemorate the men and women who lost their lives in service to our great country. As we remember our fallen heroes, we must also remember the men and women who have returned home from the battlefield and who face adversity when transitioning to civilian life.

According to a recent U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimate, 22 veterans commit suicide each day - that's about 8,000 each year. This extraordinarily alarming figure makes it quite obvious that mental health must be a part of comprehensive approach to the care of our troops and veterans.

As a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, I frequently hear from veterans about the problems they face, from long waits for a VA disability claims decision to difficulty finding civilian employment to limited access to quality mental health care. Clearly, there are a multitude of serious challenges that veterans face once they return home.

Recent reports from the VA inspector general have highlighted problems at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. The reports link three suicides to mismanagement at the Atlanta VA Medical Center, and that is both tragic and heartbreaking. Even though the hospital has responded and has taken steps to address this unacceptable mismanagement, we must follow up. We also need to know whether similar incidents are happening elsewhere around the country.

While I believe that the VA is committed to addressing this issue, it is critically important that we do better. Through my work on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, I have asked the VA to take the necessary steps to maximize its resources to prevent more suicides and reverse this alarming trend, and I will continue to work to see this process through.

One important part of the solution is community partners, and I encourage the VA to continue to utilize these resources effectively to provide quality mental health care. As one of the recent reports highlighted, several veterans "fell through the cracks" because of a failure to follow through in each and every case. I am dedicated to ensuring that no veteran falls through the cracks when they seek the care they have earned.

After more than a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, we expect to see more than 1 million service members transition from active-duty to veteran status in the next few years. We must see to it that the Department of Veterans Affairs lives up to the promises we have made to our service members and veterans who have shown such bravery in the face of tyranny around the world.

I will continue to work diligently to ensure that the VA always embodies its motto, "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan."

As I spend this Memorial Day weekend commemorating the sacrifices made by our military throughout our history, I will also remember the men and women who need our support once they return home from the battlefield.

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) of east Cobb is a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.

Sincerely, Johnny Isakson United States Senator

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