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Petition to Donald J. Trump, President of the United States, United States Supreme Court, Department of Education, U.S. Senate, Mitch McConnell

Sign Executive Order to PERMANENTLY Abolish All Interest Rates on Student Loans

Student loan debt is a growing problem in our country, and it is only getting worse over time. There are various ways that we can combat this issue, however, there is one major aspect of student loans that never gets addressed... the concept of interest rates on these loans. People simply don't talk about it. Graduates (old and new) don't want a handout. We don't want "free this, free that". We work hard for everything we acquire in life. But it just isn't good enough, as 44.7 million Americans are stuck in a rat race and getting trapped in the never-ending cycle of paying on accruing interest.  I am proposing two simple, yet revolutionary ideas that could greatly combat this growing problem without impacting U.S. taxpayers.  1.) Cancel all interest balances and abolish interest rates on all federally backed student loans. Then, negotiate with all private financial institutions to drastically lower interest rates on student loans not backed federally (1% or lower). OR... 2.) Allocate all student loan payments towards the 'principal balance'. There is no reason why Americans should be paying towards the 'outstanding interest balance' first, rather than impacting the principal balance and causing the overall interest to decrease. It is an extortion racket that is draining more money out of hard working Americans. It is not ethically sound.  Sign this petition and get the attention of the Executive branch. Urge POTUS to sign an executive order implementing one of these two ideas. IT IS TIME TO CREATE STUDENT LOAN REFORMATION THE RIGHT WAY!

Sam H.
3,798 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Nancy Pelosi, Donald J. Trump, Mitch McConnell, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

Demand Congress fund U​.​S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is due to run out of funds and desperately needs temporary funding to be approved by Congress. USCIS administers and grants work permits, green cards, asylum requests and other immigration benefits for non-citizens. The USCIS Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS) ensures the integrity of the immigration system resulting in reduced risks to U.S. national security. USCIS asked Congress for $1.2 billion in funds over two years, due to the drastic decrease in benefit applications during the pandemic. USCIS has pledged to repay the funds to the U.S. Treasury Department by making changes to application processing requirements and fees. The White House budget office backed USCIS' request to Congress. Borrowed funds would be used for payroll, rent, office contracts, IT, fingerprint and background check processes. Funding USCIS is critical to both American citizens and immigrants. If USCIS does not receive the requested funds the impact will be devastating for USCIS employees, families, and immigrants. USCIS employees will be furloughed for many months without pay and health insurance coverage. Many more American families and immigrants will continue to suffer from lack of pay and face having the inability to meet their basic needs such as food, healthcare, and housing. Immigrant work and visitor visa petitions, asylum and citizenship/naturalization applications, green cards, and refugee applications will not be processed. This will result in more loss of jobs and dire consequences for those impacted. American citizens who are petitioning for family members will not have applications adjudicated, resulting in prolonged separation of families. National security risks and public safety threats may go unidentified by USCIS if employees are furloughed; therefore, funding is critical to maintain national security. On behalf of all individuals who will be negatively impacted if funding for USCIS is not provided, I am pleading with you to insist that Congress fund USCIS. Please help families impacted by this issue maintain their livelihood during a time of crisis in our country.

Marissa Lyttle
17,150 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Roy Cooper, North Carolina State House, North Carolina State Senate

Change NC state law that prevents people with disabilities from receiving unemployment

Imagine you've worked for 9 years and you lose your job.... when you file for unemployment benefits you are denied b/c the state you live in says you are "not able" to work.... how would you feel? Workers with disabilities that were recently laid off and can't find new jobs due to COVID-19 are now in crisis because of state law NC GS 96-14.9c.  This law prevents people who receive/apply for disability benefits from being eligible for unemployment b/c the State of North Carolina considers them "not able to work."  Note- this law is disproportionally impacting the group of people who chose to replace their disability check with a paycheck. How does this make any sense? What happens to all of the money that their employers paid into the unemployment system on their behalf? Other states do not have this restriction. See Maryland's law. In fact, there is only one other state that does to "top story." Advocations and their clients have appealed these decisions, reached out to legislators, disability rights groups, etc. but the only answer we've received is "state law is state law." Therefore, it's time to change this law.  By lending your support for this petition, one of the people you will help is T-man. He's given me permission to share his story and the link to the trailer for Adventures with T-man, the documentary Wake Forest's graduate school filmed about his life. T-man has worked since he was 19 and achieved every goal that he's set for himself, including earning two degrees, going to work full-time, and getting his first apartment.  Now because of this law, he's at risk of losing everything he has WORKED so hard to achieve.  From T-Man's last unemployment appeal letter: "Your decision to withhold my unemployment means that I will become homeless unless I am able to immediately find work. I was having a hard time finding a job when the unemployment rate was at an all-time low, now unemployment is at an all-time high... What am I supposed to do?  I am a taxpayer and I lost my job. Why do you treat me differently because I have a disability? Your state law says people like me can’t work, I can and want to work. Please reconsider your decision."  Yet, this issue is much larger than T-man.  Based on the SSA website, there are more than 147,000 SSDI beneficiaries in North Carolina that are between the ages of 18-65.  Many can and want to work, but as demonstrated by the NC law GS 96-14.9c the system is designed to keep them on disability "benefits" and in poverty for the rest of their lives. It's time we take a stand together. Will you join us? *If this law has impacted you or someone you love, please reach out to me directly.

Lindsey Haaser Braciale
1,972 supporters