Barber, Kirkpatrick and Sinema vote against bipartisan Student and Family Tax Simplification Act

There’s not a lot of things that can unite Wildcats and Sun Devils, but Arizona’s Democrat Congressional delegation managed to do just that Thursday night. And NOT for good reason.

Ron Barber, Ann Kirkpatrick and Kyrsten Sinema voted against the bipartisan Student and Family Tax Simplification Act.

In one fell swoop, this trio:

  • Voted against permanently extending the American Opportunity Tax Credit which helps students and families pay college tuition and other education expenses.
  • Voted against simplifying and consolidating the current, complicated array of education-related tax benefits to make it easier for students and families to plan, save and invest in education.
  • Voted against improving the tax treatment of Pell Grants.
  • Voted against ensuring that education-related tax benefits are administered correctly and providing critical certainty and stability to students and their families.

· And… this is the same trio who all voted in May 2013 to allow student loan interest rates to increase (Roll Call#183, 5/23/13)

This is shameful. All three Democrat have major universities in their districts, and with Arizona tuition costs rising at record level, students and families are desperate for relief.

As NRCC spokesman Daniel Scarpinato said,“Ann Kirkpatrick, Ron Barber and Kyrsten Sinema have a lot of explaining to do to Arizona students and their families. With Arizonans already struggling to manage the costs of college tuition, these Democrats once again put partisan politics ahead of what’s best for their constituents.”

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