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U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow Visits Students at Wayne State

October 11, 2008

WSU Hosts a Presentation by United States Senator Debbie Stabenow

The Office of Government and Community Affairs hosted a visit from U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) to Wayne State University on October 11, 2007.  Senator Stabenow gave a presentation to students and faculty from three of the University’s American Government classes. The Senator spoke to the students about the recently passed legislation affecting federal financial aid, the College Cost Reduction Act of 2007. This legislation will help reduce the cost of higher education and direct federal dollars to those areas where they are most needed to help students.  One of the major provisions of the bill is to forgive the remaining balance of federal loans for students working for at least 10 years in public service careers such as social work, nursing, teaching or law enforcement.

Senator Stabenow also talked about the issue of health care in the United States, and shared her dismay with President Bush’s veto of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Act of 2007 recently passed by Congress. CHIP provides health insurance to children of working families who are not eligible for Medicaid, but are unable to afford private health insurance. The legislation would provide Michigan with the resources to try to reach the approximately 90,000 children currently eligible, but not enrolled.

After speaking for about 30 minutes, the Senator spent time with the students answering questions about these and other topics.

 

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