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Fitzpatrick co-introduces bipartisan legislation to provide student debt relief to essential workers

U.S. Reps. Brain Fitzpatrick (PA-01) and Annie Kuster (NH-02) introduced legislation yesterday to provide $25,000 in either student loan debt relief or education benefits to essential workers and their family members. The Opportunities for Heroes Act recognizes the contributions made by a diverse set of workers, including firefighters and first responders, health care providers, grocery store employees, transportation workers, and more, to help Americans through the COVID-19 health emergency.

“Our essential workers put their lives at risk every day to make sure the rest of us are safe and healthy,” said Fitzpatrick. “They deserve all of the help we can provide them. By providing the option to help pay their student loans or continue their education, we can give them one less thing to worry about.”

The Opportunities for Heroes Act is supported by the American Health Care Association, International Association of Fire Fighters, National Air Traffic Controllers Association, Transportation Workers Union, American Pharmacists Association, National Grocers Association, and NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. The full text of this legislation is available at