100+ Lawmakers Call for Action on Student Loans

Jun 12, 2012

100+ Lawmakers Call for Action on Student Loans

On June 7, Rep. Levin and more than 100 other members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to the Republican Majority Leader in the House, Eric Cantor of Virginia, to ask why the announced “Summer Legislative Agenda” failed to include mention of any effort to prevent the need-based Stafford Loan interest rate from doubling on July 1, raising the cost of college for millions of American families.

The letter read, in part: “We trust you can confirm that the omission of student loan interest rate relief from your ‘summer legislative agenda’ was an oversight on your part and that you share our commitment to bringing responsible legislation to the House floor in the coming weeks that will prevent interest rates from doubling.”

Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Introduced in House

Congress passed the Pregnancy Discrimination Act in 1978 to protect the rights of pregnant women in the workplace.  While this law prevents employers from discriminating against women for being pregnant, some employers still treat pregnant women unfairly by refusing to provide simple accommodations that are necessary for a healthy pregnancy.  In some cases pregnant women have even been fired for asking for a small adjustment, such as permission to carry a water bottle.

Rep. Levin and 78 other House members have sponsored the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act [H.R. 5647].  The bill would prevent employers from denying reasonable accommodations to pregnant employees and it would prevent employers from forcing pregnant women to take leave when they could remain on the job with the help of an accommodation.  Passage of H.R. 5647 would provide pregnant women with the means to continue performing their jobs without negatively affecting their health.

Planning Your Retirement Future

As the economy recovers from the Great Recession, many mid-career American workers find their 401k accounts battered and are unsure where they stand with their preparations for retirement.  Some may not have a good idea of how much income they can expect to receive from Social Security.

The Social Security Administration recently announced an easy-to-use website tool to provide people with a free online copy of their personalized Social Security statement, including an estimate of their future retirement income from Social Security.  Click here to visit the Social Security website and get started.

AARP has also designed a number of online tools to help the public as they prepare for retirement.  The Social Security Benefit and Retirement calculators are especially helpful.