Senate GOP says they'll block White House student loan bill
May 7th, 2012
01:48 PM ET
3 years ago

Senate GOP says they'll block White House student loan bill

Washington (CNN) - Senate Republicans will block Democrats from taking up a White House-backed bill to cap rates on some student loans unless Democrats allow a vote on a GOP alternative, the second-ranking Senate Republican said Monday.

Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl predicted such a confrontation could lead to an ultimate compromise on the legislation before rates are set to double in July, something lawmakers from both parties and the White House want to prevent.

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  1. zip

    yeah, we definitely need more of this gutless Tea Party filth on Capitol hill

    May 7, 2012 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  2. Thomas

    Of course they will !

    Summer Vacation is in the Air.

    Worrying about gay marriage , or gays in the military is more impotent then Education and the Economy !

    Romney / Bush
    We can do it in AGAIN !

    May 7, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  3. Four and The Door

    Democrats want to eliminate a tax break for some corporations while Republicans want to pull funds from a preventative health care fund set up under the health reform law.
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    It is not difficult to see why Obama and the Democrats have had such a tough time getting companies to grow and hire and getting the economy to improve. They always choose to increase taxes rather than cutting spending. So for all of you unemployed, hang on until 2013 when the Romney Administration and Republican Senate can make things happen to actually help create jobs for you.

    May 7, 2012 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  4. Alexander Murray

    I really don't understand why they have to waste so much time writing bills that have no chance of passing. Both the Republican house and Democratic senate do this.

    The house will write and pass a bill to repeal Obama care. What is the point?! What a waste of time, it isn't going to go anywhere. The Democratic senate will pass bills that don't have support of the house, they aren't going to go anywhere either.

    They should talk it out first, and then get a bill they both like

    May 7, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  5. American

    Disgusting. The congressional GOP would rather attack children's & women's healthcare while protecting unnecessary oil subsidies than give American students a clean bill.

    May 7, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  6. Gurgyl

    This nation's sin is ripe. Nation needs senate and congress term limits. For this we need to elect Obama. He has guts to pass. GOP thugs are so nasty. Now you know it. Drive all GOP idiots out on November.

    May 7, 2012 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  7. Jane

    "something neither .... party wants." Please. The Republicans don't give a rat's patoot how high student loan rates get. They've got theirs, to hell with everyone else.

    May 7, 2012 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  8. Patrick from Minnesota

    Do the Republicans WANT to lose their seats in November? With all this Boehner might as well start cleaning out his office.

    May 7, 2012 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  9. Bill form GA

    I've gotta wonder why the Federal Government has unlimited funds for banks at less than one percent, but it costs billions to find money for college students at 3.4 percent.

    May 7, 2012 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  10. Bill form GA

    I've also gotta wonder how the repugs can continually claim that President Obama's policies are all failures, when the repugs block them all!

    Repugs are afraid to let our President govern, because they would rather see the USA fail than let Obama succeed

    May 7, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  11. GOPisGreedOverPeople

    No way!!!!!!!!!! GOP is blocking a bill!!!!!!!!! Get out of town!!!!!!

    May 7, 2012 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  12. Wake up people

    What's new. They are the party of NO. And each and every one of them should be brought up on charges of treason.

    OBAMA 2012!

    May 7, 2012 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  13. mcskadittle

    the republicans block legislation to help people get ahead in life, what a surprise

    May 7, 2012 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  14. rs

    Yeah, shoot. why should the GOP break it's perfect record of doing NOTHING for Americans the last four years?

    May 7, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  15. Pete

    You know what the republicans alternative to the Dems bill,taking monies from the ACA bill further dwindling funds needed to keep the bill solvent.That's the typical MO from the extremist rightwingers,add ons to inflate the total of the bill,making if less attractive to pass or fillibuster,they're good at both.But this can backfire also,not only with the presidencial candidate Romney not be willing to back your plan,which he probibly won't because at this time its political suicide ,not just for Romney but for anyone seeking another term in the HOUSE OR SENATE come November.College students are watching closely how this pans out and the Democrates are definitly the only responsible adults in the room on this college loan matter and come election day the college students will help their Democratic allies with their votes.

    May 7, 2012 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  16. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I guess they don't like the poor getting a college education. There needs to be some good reason why they are doing which I don't see here. Why should this be opposed? I guess because they don't see it as needed unless there are cuts in spending which doesn't make sense. This is called building human capital which is needed to advance the country.

    May 7, 2012 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  17. Larry L

    The Republicans in the Senate will block a bill! Shocking! Oh but wait... they've filibustered over 105 times and blocked everything in the Senate for over three years – even their own ideas. Discrediting President Obama has been their only goal – just ask Mitch McConnell. They are political terrorists and the independent voters are sick of their obstructionist tactics. Throw these puppets for the Tea Party and the fat-cats out!

    May 7, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  18. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The GOP block student loan bill because they're more concerned about the defense spending bill for our young men and women to fight and die in their wars while Halliburton, et al profits.

    May 7, 2012 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  19. maf

    The negatives just keep piling up for the party of NO. The only way to make sure this kind of stinking behavior goes away is to vote in November. Not only vote, but vote for Democrats across the board! GOP, soon to be a party only in people's memories!

    May 7, 2012 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  20. ct

    nothing surprises me anymore coming from the radical republicans

    May 7, 2012 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  21. J,V.Hodgson

    Its not about the funding as KYL suggests its about some additional provisions relating to gays is why they really oppose it.
    I am fed up of dems giving in to republican ideology... lets not forget the whole republican party has flip flopped on the budget act re defense cuts in the Ryan budget plan, and Romneys campaign supports that!
    When the banks get money from the fed at almost zero interest why not force them to finance student loans at 3.4% the banks still make money and no government financing is needed or significantly less to students who cant afford even 3.4%. Lets not forget when this bill was passed basic bank loab rates were much higher.
    6bn accross all the major banks is a drop in the ocean of the profits and can be funded by lower bonus payments in part.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    May 8, 2012 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  22. Marie MD

    The name of kyl (3% vs 98% I don't have the facts but that is my opinion against Planned Parenthood) just turns my stomach on anything that has to do with helping the middle class or poor.
    He is another who needs to go and the quicker the better.

    May 8, 2012 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  23. Donkey Party

    The GOP is against women, against minorities, against seniors, against the middle class and the poor, against gays, against teachers, cops, firefighters, and EMTs, against the environment, and against students. Why would anyone ever even consider voting for a party that shares many of the same views as the Taliban or Al Queda (wanting to see the public and the country suffer)? Shame on any American that casts a vote for a Republican, for it merely equates to giving aid and comfort to the enemy.

    May 8, 2012 07:58 am at 7:58 am |