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Warren Holding Up Kvaal Confirmation in Senate

June 23, 2021
 
 

Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, is the senator preventing a full vote to confirm James Kvaal as under secretary at the Department of Education, according to a source familiar with the situation.

But the hold isn't because the senator is pressing the Biden administration for widespread student loan cancellation, as reported Monday by Bloomberg Government -- it's about the administration of the student loan program.

Warren has raised concerns about the department's oversight of for-profit colleges and how it plans to assist student borrowers in the COVID-19 economic recovery. She has also questioned management of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program -- in which only 2 percent of applicants have been approved -- and the role that loan servicers play in the student loan system.

Warren and her staff have been engaging in conversations with the department about the higher education reforms she believes is necessary, including with respect to the student loan program, the source said.

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