Education at all levels is of vital importance to our country, and giving our students the tools they need to succeed has long been a mission of mine while serving in Congress. Wisconsin’s Third Congressional District is home to fourteen colleges and universities with more than 71,000 undergraduate students and over 120,000 students enrolled in K-12.
However, student loan debt is a serious problem. College grads in Wisconsin enter the job market with over $28,000 in debt, on average, and student loan debt has surpassed $1 trillion nationally, which is higher than credit card debt and second only to homeowner mortgage debt. That’s why in early 2015 I introduced the College Affordability Action Plan to make sure hard working students and families have access to an affordable education. My strategy to help make college more affordable consists of five key principles:
- Making Sure Government Doesn’t Profit from Student Loans
- Allow Student Loans to Be Refinanced Like Mortgages
- Provide Tax Incentives to Address College Affordability
- Make Loan Payments Match Earnings
- Provide Pell Grants Year-Round
I believe that investing in higher education and helping more students afford college is one of the smartest decisions we can make as a nation. Every dollar we invest today will pay dividends down the road and help ensure that Wisconsin can compete in the global marketplace. For more information on my five principles, click here.
- Since kids perform better academically when they are active during the school day, I will continue to advocate for an increased focus on physical education in our schools. For more information on my work to fight childhood obesity and my FIT Kids Act specifically, click here.
- Another bill I was proud to introduce, the Healthy Kids Outdoors Act, provides incentives for states to develop action plans to connect children and families to the great outdoors. The proposal also creates a national strategy to increase outdoor activity and, through coordination with federal and local partners, further identify the health, conservation and other benefits of spending time outdoors.
- In June 2015, introduced a resolution to protect and commemorate the Wisconsin Idea as a fundamental part of the University of Wisconsin system. The Wisconsin Idea has been part of the fabric of our state for over 100 years. Generations of Wisconsinites have been guided by the values of giving back both inside and outside the classroom and fostering our students’ potential. Investing in higher education and helping foster the Wisconsin Idea is one of the smartest decisions we can make. Every dollar we invest today will pay dividends down the road and help ensure that Wisconsin can compete in the global marketplace.
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Washington, DC—Today, Rep. Ron Kind voted to overturn Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s rewritten borrower defense rule which gutted essential protections for student borrowers and taxpayers.
Washington, DC—Today, Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) and Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) introduced bipartisan legislation that will reauthorize a grant program to encourage careers in realtime writing and court reporting. In 2007, Rep. Kind introduced the Training for Realtime Writers Act, which was passed and signed into law as part of the Higher Education Act of 2008.
Washington, DC—Today, Rep. Ron Kind cosponsored the Jumpstart Our Businesses By Supporting Students (JOBS) Act, a bipartisan bill that would allow students to use federal Pell Grants—needs-based grants for low-income and working students--to pay for short-term job training programs. The JOBS Act would remove the financial burden of job training programs so that students are able to afford high-quality short-term job training programs and ready to enter the job market with the skills that are in demand.
Platteville, WI—Yesterday during a stop at UW-Platteville, Rep. Ron Kind rolled out his Higher Education Action Plan. Rep Kind’s plan takes a common-sense approach to lower costs and expand access to the classroom for Wisconsin students.
WASHINGTON – Today, the Supreme Court ruled on two cases, Rucho v. Common Cause and Lamone v. Benisek, that federal courts do not have a role to play in deciding partisan gerrymandering claims in a 5 to 4 decision. This ruling allows states to make the final decision in partisan gerrymandering cases by declining to set a constitutional standard.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Advancing Medical Resident Training in Community Hospitals Act, authored by U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI), unanimously passed out of the Ways and Means Committee with broad bipartisan support. This bill fixes a technical problem in the Medicare program that limits the number of Graduate Medical Education (GME) medical residencies in the state of Wisconsin, and expands opportunities to bring more doctors to community and rural hospitals.
WASHINGTON – This week, the House of Representatives passed a number of bipartisan proposals authored by U.S. Rep. Ron Kind that will benefit Wisconsin.
“I was proud to see my amendments pass on the House floor with strong bipartisan support. These amendments will directly benefit rural communities and sportsmen in western and central Wisconsin.” said Rep. Ron Kind, “I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure these proposals are signed into law in the coming weeks.
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind voted in support of the Consumers First Act, which will restore oversight and supervisory checks to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an agency systematically weakened by the Trump Administration. His statement is below:
Rep. Ron Kind Announces Winners of 2019 Congressional Art Competition
La Crosse – Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind and his wife, Tawni, held a reception honoring the participants of the 2019 Congressional Art Competition. Rep. Kind also announced the winners of the Congressional Art Competition.
U.S. Rep. Ron Kind says Democrats in the House will work with “Republican numbers” this week to pass individual appropriations bills to fund federal agencies such as the Department of Agriculture, Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Homeland Security, among others.
“We’re going to use what they agreed to themselves, and we’re going to see if (Senate Majority Leader) Mitch McConnell is willing to take that up,” Kind said as he outlined his priorities heading into the 116th Congress.