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SALT LAKE CITY — Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, is co-sponsoring the Student Right to Know Before You Go Act, the first bill she's getting behind in a big way since taking office.
"Prospective students are making costly and critical decisions about their education with very little or completely inaccurate information," Love said, describing the act as helping students "responsibly and confidently plan for their future."
The bill is intended to help students understand the value of their education. Love said she had recently talked with a Salt Lake woman whose son graduated from college owing $80,000 in student loans but had no job.
The act was originally introduced last session by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., but failed to pass. It was introduced Thursday in the House by Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif. Love is the original co-sponsor.
"This is a bill that's important to her because it's part of an overall theme she's going to be hitting going forward," said Love's spokesman, Richard Piatt. "She's going to be taking on education and poverty."
This is a bill that's important to her because it's part of an overall theme she's going to be hitting going forward. She's going to be taking on education and poverty.
–Richard Piatt, Love's spokesman,
Piatt said Love feels the bill is an important piece of legislation and is an opportunity for her to "use her office to actually accomplish something she feels passionate about."
He said while Love, elected in 2014, has already co-sponsored other legislation in Congress, "this is the first bill that she's been actively involved in promoting to this extent."
Already Love has attracted high-profile support for the bill, including from Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee and former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's running mate in 2012.
"Going to school to learn new skills is one of the best ways to improve your quality of life. But it's also one of the most costly," Ryan said in a statement. "I'm excited to co-sponsor this common sense reform."