We are the Association of Young Americans (AYA).
AYA is a nonpartisan membership organization. We go directly to the source and work with lawmakers on the Hill to advance legislation that improves the lives of young people.
45 million Americans are drowning in $1.7 trillion of student debt. Student debt is holding our generation back from buying homes, starting families, and pursuing dreams.
We are facing a climate emergency. From extreme weather to rising sea levels and dwindling resources, young people will be most affected by the consequences of our warming planet.
Healthcare costs in the U.S. are astronomical. Healthcare expenses are the leading cause of bankruptcy, and many Americans are crowdfunding to pay basic medical expenses.
Full-time lobbyists working around-the-clock in Washington.
Each day, AYA's lobbyists are on Capitol Hill advocating for our generation, holding lawmakers accountable, and using the inner workings of the political process to improve the system.
Weekly updates written by your lobbyist
Week of May 3-7
This week's events:
- Advocated for improvements to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program by urging members of Congress to support a bicameral letter to the Biden Administration led by Senators Gillibrand & Kaine and Rep. Sarbanes. The letter, endorsed by over 50 members of Congress, makes 4 recommendations about how to improve the program including: expanding the definition of an eligible loan, expanding the definition of a qualifying payment, waiving restrictions about when a borrower was employed in a public service job, and calls for establishing data sharing agreements to qualify borrowers easier.
- Communicated with the offices of Senators Kaine & Gillibrand to support the reintroduction of the What You Can Do for Your Country Act, which would make significant improvements to the PSLF program. Similar to what is called for in the letter to the Department of Education, this bill, if enacted, would codify these changes into law.
- Tracked progress on drug pricing legislation moving through the House, the Elijah E Cummings Act (HR3), which will enable the federal government to negotiate drug prices in Medicare and provide greater cost transparency when drug prices are increased.
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