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On WEDNESDAY, a House committee will hold the first of a series of key votes in Congress on legislation that deals with the ban on financial aid for students with drug convictions. It is crucial that members of the House Education & Workforce Committee hear your resounding support for Representative Rob Andrews's amendment to scrap this backward policy once and for all
This will be the first time Congress has revisited the Drug Provision since it was slipped into the Higher Education Act Reauthorization as an amendment in 1998. Since then, more than 160,000 students with drug convictions have been blocked access to federal financial aid.
In 1998, this amendment quietly became law without debate or recorded vote. Now, seven years later, we finally have a chance to get members on the record about whether or not they truly want to help at-risk young people get the education they need to live productive lives and be responsible citizens.
PLEASE TAKE ACTION NOW TO HELP FULLY REPEAL THE HIGHER EDUCATION ACT DRUG PROVISION!
2.Find out if your representative sits on the House Education and Workforce Committee: http:// edworkforce.house.gov/members/109th/mem-fc.htm
3.If so, CALL HIM OR HER NOW! Urge your representative to support the Andrews Amendment to repeal the ban on federal financial aid for students with drug convictions! Find your representative's phone number: http:// www.congress.org
"Hello, my name is _____ and I am calling from _____. I am calling to urge Representative _____ to support the Andrews amendment on Wednesday to repeal the ban on federal financial aid for students with drug convictions. 160,500 students from middle and low-income families have been denied federal financial aid since the ban became law in 1998. There is no way to fix this law: it must be REPEALED. Please tell Representative _____ to open the doors of education by fully repealing the ban on financial aid."
-------------------- "What is in us that turns a deaf ear to the cries of human suffering?"
"Belief is a beautiful armor
But makes for the heaviest sword"
- John Mayer
Making the noise "penicillin" is no substitute for actually taking penicillin.
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