Republican Rep Glenn Grothman, who represents us in Congress, rose to the defense of beleaguered Education Secretary Betsy Devos this week during a hearing on why her department has not helped students who were defrauded by defunct for-profit educational providers, leaving the students with student loans that DeVos’ department was aggressively trying to collect.
The testimony came during a U.S. House and Education and Labor Committee hearing. Grothman is a member of the committee. In his comments, reported in an article from the Wisconsin Examiner, Grothman reportedly said, “She’s doing what she can,” adding, “She had a couple of employees who screwed up.”
Grothman then did what he does regularly: He attacked former President Obama, a Democrat: “You gotta remember that student loan debt more than doubled under Obama, and doubled under Bush.”
Grothman said he found the comments in the hearing “unusually nasty,” and said “people are blaming her for problems she inherited.”
Grothman did not ask DeVos why her department was not helping the students who were left students loans they could not pay back because they did not have degrees required by potential employers.