Kevin Carey’s characterization of my position on the education provisions in this year’s health and education reconciliation legislation is completely inaccurate. Education funding has always been one of my top priorities. And I supported student loan reform. The exemption I had negotiated for the Bank of North Dakota was entirely appropriate given its unique status as the only state-owned bank in the country. Unlike other lenders, the Bank of North Dakota is overseen by senior state officials, including the Governor, and has a mission to support the state’s citizenry.