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Congressman Bill Cassidy Continues to Duck Reporters and Ignore Requests for Comment on Student Loan Issues

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Cassidy Declines to Say Whether He Supports Sen. Mary Landrieu’s ‘Passport to the Middle Class’ Proposal, Which Would Help Make College More Affordable for Louisiana Families

BATON ROUGE — As more than 600,000 Louisianians wait for action on student loan legislation that Senate Republicans are blocking, Congressman Bill Cassidy has refused for the past week to weigh in on whether he supports Sen. Mary Landrieu’s Passport to the Middle Class initiative.

“Congressman Cassidy is focused on pointing fingers and playing political games, instead of giving Louisiana voters substantive answers on issues that matter to middle-class families, like college affordability,” said Louisiana Democratic Party Executive Director Stephen Handwerk. “Cassidy’s refusal to respond is a real problem for the three-term congressman, who thinks he can ask Louisiana voters for a promotion, while leaving them in the dark on his stance on making college more affordable.”

Sen. Mary Landrieu’s Passport to the Middle Class legislation will make higher education more affordable for families by nearly doubling the amount awarded through Pell Grants and allowing students with both private and federal student loans to refinance their loans at current rates.