Senate Dems press DeVos on backlog of 140,000 student debt-relief claims

April 1, 2019 | The Washington Post

More than 140,000 applications for student debt relief are pending at the U.S. Education Department, and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos could not tell lawmakers Thursday whether any of them have been approved.

The issue emerged at a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing, where Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) questioned DeVos about the backlog of claims from defrauded student-loan borrowers.

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