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DSCC: On Student Loans, Would Dan Sullivan Continue Standing with Special Interests & Against Alaska College Students?

June 12, 2014



WASHINGTON, June 12 -- The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee issued the following news release:

Today as Republicans in Congress voted against making college more affordable, Dan Sullivan is refusing to say whether he would also put special interests ahead of Alaska college graduates or support passing a measure that would help Alaska graduates with the crushing weight of student loan debt. Alaskans have a right to know exactly where Sullivan stands. (Yesterday, after repeated questions, Sullivan surprised (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/06/10/the-peoples-pledge-is-back-in-alaska-wait-what-the-heck-is-that/)Alaskans by breaking his silence and endorsing Citizens United & limitless money in Alaska's elections, will he do the same today?)

With a record of siding with Washington special interests ahead of Alaska, Alaskans must assume Sullivan would vote against making college more affordable for working families by closing tax loopholes for millionaires and billionaires and using the savings to allow anyone with pre-existing student loans to refinance their loans at lower rates. In Alaska alone, 42,000 (http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/student_debt_report_final.pdf) borrowers could benefit from refinancing their student loans at a lower rates. Would Dan Sullivan have sided with special interests and voted against helping Alaskans with student loan debt?

"Alaska students and families deserve to know where Dan Sullivan stands on the bill that would help more than 40,000 Alaskans with student loan debt," said Justin Barasky, a spokesman at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

"Alaskans deserve to know if instead of fighting to make college more affordable for Alaska's students and families, Dan Sullivan would vote to allow millionaires and billionaires to enjoy their tax breaks. Alaskans deserve leaders who will fight for them in Washington, not reckless politicians like Dan Sullivan who always puts the interests of his Washington special interest friends first."

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