Ultra-conservative North Carolina Republican congresswoman Virginia Foxx, chair of the Higher Education Subcommittee in the House, made a little news in the past week when she said that she has “very little tolerance” for people who take out student loans. ”There’s no reason for that. We live in an opportunity society and people are forgetting that … You don’t sit on your butt and have it dumped in your lap.”
Ah, yes. This is the same high-minded Virginia Foxx who sponsored the “Protecting Academic Freedom in Higher Education Act,” [HR 2117], a bill to repeal federal regulation of for-profit colleges — colleges that prey on low-income students, have ludicrously low graduation rates, and receive more than 75% of their revenue from federal grants and loans.
Oh. And that the for-profit schools industry is one of her biggest campaign contributors.
Her bill passed the House by a wide margin in February. It will next be voted on in the Senate, where it will likely fail due to a Democratic majority.
Art, animation and acting by me.