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Press Release 11-20-19

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Georgia Republican Wayne Johnson Answers Sen. Warren’s Challenges to His Plan
To Cancel Student Debt; Calls for Democrats to Offer More Substance at Atlanta Debate

Atlanta, Ga. November 20, 2019 – The Democratic presidential candidates take the stage here tonight for their fifth debate, and Georgia Republican Wayne Johnson wants to hear more detail from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Bernie Sanders and other candidates on ending the student debt crisis in America. 

Three weeks of national attention on Johnson’s plan to cancel student debt and put the government out of the student loan business resulted in Sen. Warren and Rep. James Clyburn sending a Nov. 12 letter to U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy Devos seeking information from the department regarding administration of the federal student loan program. The letter was based on selective quotations from various media outlets covering the plan Johnson released on Oct. 24. 

“The trust and financial well-being of student and parent borrowers has been plundered by the very institutions of education and government that they have been taught to trust,” Johnson said in his detailed response to Warren and Clyburn on Tuesday. “We must move to re-establish this trust, and in order for this to happen, Federal law regarding Federal Student Aid programs must be changed.” 

Johnson is seeking the appointment of Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to replace retiring Sen. Johnny Isakson in the U.S. Senate. In his letter to Sen. Warren and Rep. Clyburn, Johnson set forth that federal laws had to be changed in order to solve the student debt crisis.

“The country needs to have an honest debate on student debt and higher education finance, and Democrats now have a comprehensive plan from a Georgia Republican in front of them that has more substance than any of their plans,” said Johnson. “I hope the debate discussion provides more details of their respective plans, and I look forward to working with them to pass the needed legislation to end the tragedy of student loan debt that is riding on the backs of Georgians and others throughout America”.  





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