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CDA’s response to Mitch McConnell’s “solutions” to the student debt crisis

Annie Kehler Posted July 22, 2014 at 8:40 PM
by , Deputy Communications Director

While speaking with constituents in Buckner, Kentucky, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was asked for his thoughts on changes that could be made for students suffering from mountains of debt after graduation. In his response, he ruled out any kind of government intervention, shared his support of for-profit higher education institutions, and advised students to choose lower-cost schools.

McConnell’s responses show not only a lack of care for his college-aged constituents, but also a complete lack of awareness of the current situation young adults face in the United States.

Contrary to what the Minority Leader believes, for-profit colleges are not a solution to the debt problem. High in costs and low in rewards, these institutions often leave students in mountains of ...

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The Border Crisis Demands Action Now

Carlos Martinez Posted July 15, 2014 at 3:18 PM
by , President | Texas College Democrats

Our country today is facing a humanitarian crisis. The southern border of the United States is being flooded with women and children fleeing violence and poverty from their home countries in Central America.  These people are greeted by a system that doesn’t know what to do with them. Sadly, our country is now facing the consequences of a broken immigration system that must be fixed. President Obama and Congressional Democrats have stepped up to the plate, but House Republicans would rather play politics than deal with the problem at hand.

We’ve seen this game before. GOP politicians have been kicking the can down the road for years. This time, in an attempt to subdue tea party extremists, Speaker Boehner and House ...

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Getting Crafty: Hobby Lobby’s attempt to glue women to corporate owner’s personal religious beliefs

Annie Kehler Posted July 1, 2014 at 9:00 AM
by , Deputy Communications Director

Yesterday, the Supreme Court made the distressing decision to allow private, for-profit corporations to deny access to healthcare based on personally held religious beliefs. The case, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, featuring a 5-4 split decision will make it more difficult for women across the country to obtain basic, preventative healthcare benefits.

College Democrats of America is deeply concerned with the results this decision could bring.  Almost 60% of American women use birth control, some for reasons other than contraception including ovarian cysts, endometriosis, migraines, and hormone replacement after chemotherapy. Lack of access to coverage based on privately held beliefs will put these women at financial stress and strain their ability to properly care for themselves.

It is equally important to note that ...

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College Democrats of America Welcomes Former College Republican to the Party

Taylor Barnard Posted June 30, 2014 at 11:53 PM
by , National President, College Democrats of America

Today, Evan Alvarez, the chairman of the College Republicans of Mississippi stepped down from his position to register as a Democrat. In his resignation letter, Alvarez cited the growing role of the extreme Tea Party wing dragging the GOP rightward and their “ignorant” and “cruel” stance on immigration as his reasons for joining with us. “I simply cannot be apart of organization that have members who support these far right extremist views,” Alvarez writes, “much less be the Chairman of the organization.”  

Alvarez’s decision simply reaffirms what we've known all along: the GOP's extreme policies and rhetoric are out of touch with the priorities of young Americans. Although we may not always agree on everything, the College Democrats are happy to welcome Evan ...

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College Democrats of America Appalled by Senate Republicans Actions

Matthew Metz Posted June 11, 2014 at 7:01 PM
by , Director, College Democrats of America Alumni Association

Just a few hours ago, Senate Republicans voted against, in a 56-38 vote, a future of affordable higher education.  Introduced by Senator Elizabeth Warren, the “Bank on Students Act” would ensure that past and future students do not have ridiculously high amounts of student loan interest.  By lowering the interest rate to 3.86 percent and allowing and refinancing for those who have already barrowed would alleviate some of the burden of student loans.  The College Democrats of America are disappointed in the lack of support, for all college students, from the Republican Party. The failure to pass this legislation hurts our future. College Democrats of America’s President, Taylor Barnard, released the following:


“Once again Republicans have refused to stand up for ...

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