Bruce Braley today visited Iowa State University to discuss the clear choice in the US Senate race on college affordability and highlight the importance of voting early in this year's crucial midterm election. Joni Ernst has admitted the consequences of her policies would be "very painful and we know that." While Bruce continues traveling the state and talking to Iowans about his plans to fight for all Iowa students and families, not just the wealthiest few, Joni Ernst puts her special interest agenda ahead of Iowa's families and would eliminate the Department of Education, privatize student loans, and increase costs for Iowa students and families.
"A college education is the gateway to economic opportunity, but too often, the rising cost of tuition and other college costs are putting that dream out of reach," said Braley. "Few issues are more important for Iowa families than a strong education, and the choice couldn't be clearer. My opponent would eliminate the Department of Education, privatize student loans, and increase costs for Iowa students and families. While Sen. Ernst may think that we need extreme policies that would inflict, in her words, "painful,' consequences on Iowa's families, I'll never stop fighting to expand access to a quality college education. Iowans need a Senator who fights for all families and students, not just the wealthiest few."
While Braley is working to reduce the burden of college costs, Joni Ernst said she'd do away with federal student loans and Pell grants, which could put college out of reach for the hundreds of thousands of Iowans who rely on that aid annually for their education. As a report released recently by Braley for Iowa shows, State Sen.