Every Day is a Virtual Hill Day for Advocates!

The Perkins Loan Extension Act of 2017 (H.R.2482/S.1808) – currently has 241 cosponsors in the House and 20 cosponsors in the Senate! We need Congress to do the right thing and extend the Perkins Loan Program while they consider the future of all student aid programs during the Higher Education Act (HEA) reauthorization process.

Join your colleagues for a Virtual Hill Day – Every Day, by calling, Tweeting and/or emailing your Congressional Representatives to let them know how critical the Perkins Loan Program is to your students, institution or organization and ask them to pass the Perkins Loan Extension Act!

On November 15th, Perkins supporters across the country contacted their Congressional Members in the House and Senate and those in Leadership positions asking for support for the Perkins Loan Program. There is no deadline for participating, so if you missed our Virtual Hill Day, it’s not too late to act. The process is simple but the impact is significant and all of the information you need is below!

For Phone Calls:

  • To obtain the phone number for your Representative’s Office, Click Here and enter your zip code.
  • To obtain the phone number for your Senator’s Office, Click Here.
  • For an example script for your call, Click Here.

For Emails:

  • To find the email address for your education staff member in the House and/or Senate, Click Here. (Excel spreadsheet).
  • For an example script for your email, Click Here.

Chairwoman Foxx & Chairman Alexander:

House Education and the Workforce Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) have indicated they are opposed to an extension.  In addition to contacting your Senators and Representatives, please reach out to these offices as well. In their role as leaders of the education committees, Chairwoman Foxx and Chairman Alexander should hear about this issue at the national level. 

  • To reach Chairwoman Foxx by email, please use the Contact Us form on the House Education and the Workforce Committee website. The Education and the Workforce Committee’s phone number is (202) 225-4527.
  • To reach Chairman Alexander please use the Contact Us form on his website. The Senate HELP Committee’s phone number is (202) 224-5375. 

Social Media:

Social media, particularly Twitter, is also an excellent way for you, your colleagues, students and others to engage your legislators. Please tag your Senators and Representatives, as well as key offices, using the hashtag #SavePerkinsNow.  The Twitter handles of key legislators are as follows:

House: @VirginiaFoxx, @SpeakerRyan, @GOPLeader (Kevin McCarthy), @NancyPelosi, and @BobbyScott

Senate:  @SenAlexander, @PattyMurray, @SenateMajLdr (Mitch McConnell), @ChuckSchumer 

Here are a couple of sample tweets:

If Congress fails to act on the Perkins Loan Extension Act, 500,000 students will lose access to $1 billion in low-cost loans this spring and next year. @VirginiaFoxx and @SenAlexander, we must #SavePerkinsNow 

Thank you for supporting Perkins Loans, @BobbyScott and @PattyMurray. We still need your help to #SavePerkinsNow for 500K students.  

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