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Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, ASU students rally to cut loan debt

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (in red dress, middle right), meets with Arizona State University students to discuss solutions to the nation's student loan debt crisis. (KTAR Photo/Corbin Carson)

PHOENIX — Rep. Kyrsten Sinema met with a group of Arizona State University students Tuesday to call for a solution to mounting student loan debt in America.

“I have student loan debt of nearly $50,000, and I’m a sitting member of Congress,” Sinema said. “It impedes you from buying your first car, from buying your first home, from starting a family.”

Frankly, it stops kids from getting their chance at the American dream, she said.

Sinema said she has supported many different pieces of legislation but is having trouble getting a bill through a gridlocked Congress.

“We’ve got to figure out a way to have college be affordable and attainable for all Americans,” she said.

The National Education Association’s “Degrees not Debt” campaign will also call on Congress to include a Student Aid Bill of Rights in the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, which Congress is expected to consider later this year.

Arizona students had the fifth-lowest student debt in the nation in 2014. Students finished their schooling at four-year, non-profit schools with an average bill of $22,609.

The Obama administration approved two new regulations last month designed to help curb student debt.

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