By Rep. Ron Estes
Each month, I want to provide you with regular updates on what’s happening in our Nation’s Capital and Kansas’ 4th District. Here’s what happened in August.
Student Loan Bailout In August, President Biden announced a plan to pay off some of the student loan debt of college graduates.
But thanks to destructive Democratic policies, Kansans who are already losing $8,761 a year to bidenflation and will pay higher taxes for the so-called Inflation Reduction Act will now be paying off the college debt of others.
This election-year gimmick does nothing for Kansans who worked through school to avoid debt, took side jobs to pay off loans soon after graduating, or chose to invest in college. other career paths outside of a four-year degree. In fact, most of the debt is held by borrowers from the top 60% of the income distribution, and 87% of American adults do not have student loans.
The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget points out that “debt cancellation gives a much higher proportion of its benefits to the highest earners. For example, a report from the University of Chicago showed that the top 10% of earners receive more from the cancellation than the bottom 30%. »
Additionally, the Penn-Wharton budget model estimates that canceling federal student debt will cost between $300 billion and $980 billion over the next ten years.
It is clear that this law is designed to appease only a small portion of the population at the expense of many others while failing to address the real problem – the rising cost of higher education. As students continue to take out massive loans for degrees they may not be able to repay, the cancellation of some of some loans today does nothing for the next batch of students. graduates – it could instead encourage more borrowing in the hope that the government will bail out another round of students in a future election season.
I have worked with my colleagues to address the cost of higher education and to ensure that students and parents have the tools they need to make the decision to borrow money for college. South-central Kansas has some great colleges for young minds and returning adults who choose to pursue an education, but this path isn’t for everyone. It’s absurd to think that someone who invested in tools to become a mechanic or did two jobs to pay off their debt should be forced by the government to pay off someone else’s student loans.
Immigration Numbers Lead Kansas Population In the 19 months since Joe Biden took office, the crisis on our southern border has skyrocketed. We know drug trafficking is a significant concern because fentanyl has become the leading cause of death among Americans between the ages of 18 and 45.
4th Kansas Congress In addition to drugs entering our country through the southern border, illegal migrants are also increasing in unprecedented numbers.
Customs and Border Patrol now estimates that nearly five million people have entered the United States illegally since January 2021, including 3.4 million at the southern border. To put that into perspective, that’s more than the total population of Kansas at 2.9 million, and it’s actually more than the populations of our state and neighboring Nebraska combined.
And it’s not just individuals who come to the United States from the countries we typically see illegally crossing the border, but from more than 150 countries around the world. As I witnessed last year when I visited the southern border, some people first enter Central America and then use our broken immigration system to enter our country illegally.
This crisis must end. I have consistently co-sponsored and supported legislation during my time in Congress to provide the resources we need to keep our country safe. The United States is one of the most welcoming countries in the world for legal immigrants, and many of us can trace our heritage to immigrants. What is happening at the border is lawless chaos and does not reflect who we are as a nation or our heritage.
Afghanistan: One Year Later It was a year ago, on August 30, that the last remaining US forces left Afghanistan following a chaotic withdrawal that culminated in a Taliban takeover.
While there is much to be said for the lack of White House leadership that oversaw this murderous act and left Americans and their allies stranded in the country, I want to pay tribute to the 13 military personnel killed. Their bravery, heroism and patriotism are remembered by a grateful nation, and their service will never be forgotten. Below are their names. They are American heroes, and what they did in Afghanistan was not done in vain.
Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover, 31st Marine Corps Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo, 25th Marine Corps Sgt. Nicole L. Gee, 23 Marine Corps Cap. Hunter Lopez, 22 Marine Corps Cap. Daegan W. Page, 23 Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez, 22 Marine Corps Lance Cpl. David L. Espinoza, 20 Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jared M. Schmitz, 20 Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum, 20 Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola, 20 Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kareem M. Nikoui, 20 Navy Corpsman Maxton W. Soviak, 22 Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Knauss, 23 Connect with Me Interested in receiving regular updates on what’s happening in Congress? Sign up for our weekly email newsletter on estes. house.gov and feel free to contact my district office in Wichita at 316-262-8992 if you have any questions, concerns, or need assistance with a federal agency.
Ron Estes, one of the few engineers in Congress, worked in the aerospace, energy and manufacturing sectors before representing Kansas’ 4th congressional district since 2017. He is a fifth-generation Kansan , former state treasurer, and serves on the House Committee. on Ways and Means and the Joint Economic Committee.