Trump administration wants to weaken law protecting veterans from predatory for-profit colleges, senators say

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The Trump administration is moving to waive an ethics law that some senators say protects veterans from predatory for-profit colleges, and they are urging officials to change course and keep the protections in place.

“Weakening conflict of interest regulations related to for-profit institutions is not only inadvisable, but will put our men and women in uniform and those who have served our country at further risk of predatory and abusive business practices,” four Democratic senators said in a letter to Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin (see full letter below).

Shulkin’s department recently announced in the Federal Register that it intends to provide a blanket waiver concerning a law that Congress passed several decades ago to prevent corruption in programs that provide education benefits for veterans. The department says the law is outdated and results in unintended consequences, and that the notice will go into effect on Oct. 16, it says, “unless VA receives a significant adverse comment” by that day.

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