Rep. Cisneros Stands with Students and Rejects DeVos Rule

January 16, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) voted to stand with students defrauded by predatory, for-profit colleges and reject Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ Borrower Defense Rule. H.J.Res 76 would overturn the rule and return implementation to the Obama-era rule. Rep. Cisneros is a co-sponsor of the House resolution.

“It’s outrageous that our Secretary of Education has imposed a backward rule making it harder for defrauded students to seek relief,” said Rep. Cisneros. “Instead of holding predatory colleges accountable for their deceitful actions, Secretary DeVos is targeting students, some of whom are our nation’s veterans. With today’s vote, my Democratic and Republican colleagues are sending a clear message that we stand with our students and reject this irresponsible rule.”

The DeVos rule creates a difficult process to evaluate student claims, shortens a window to file a claim, and considerably raises the burden of proof. The new rule also negates key reporting requirements that helped document institutional and financial risks at various institutions.

Rep. Cisneros is a Veterans, Education Advocate through his charitable foundation. Earlier this year he joined his colleagues to introduce legislation that protects veterans from predatory for-profit colleges.