Student loan fight heats up as Congress returns from break
July 8th, 2013
07:48 PM ET
10 months ago

Student loan fight heats up as Congress returns from break

Washington (CNN) - House Republican leaders returned to Capitol Hill on Monday after a one week break and immediately blamed Senate Democrats and the White House for a hike on interest rates for an estimated seven million students who plan to take out government-subsidized student loans this year.

"It's time for the president to lead and it's time for him to bring his Senate Democrat leaders together and develop a solution. The House has done its job. It's time for the Senate and the White House to do its job," House Speaker John Boehner said at a news conference on the steps of the Capitol surrounded by other House GOP leaders and college-age students.

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  1. Peg

    Well that is silly. The whole reason student loan rates went up was due to the Republicans.

    July 8, 2013 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  2. Shelbyann

    They should duke it out, roll dice, or take turns. But something has to be done about republicans blocking growth.

    July 8, 2013 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  3. Shelbyann

    the white house has to do your job?

    July 8, 2013 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  4. PJ

    You know, I'm really sick of Boehner constantly saying "its time for the president to lead......................".
    This guy, obviously, has no leadership capabilities of his own. It's time for Boehner to either show up
    or give up his position. He can't decide which way to turn, and has no guts to stand up to anyone in the
    House. What a loser he is.

    July 8, 2013 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  5. Neutral Observer

    There are photos of dogs, that make me tear up and want to pick them up to hug to prevent any harm coming to them. When I see photo of John Boehner, I just want to wind up and kick him in the head.

    July 8, 2013 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  6. onlyfacts

    Of all the John Boehner's in the world, this idiot is the John Boehnerist!

    July 8, 2013 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  7. truth hurts but reality bites

    The federal government has absolutely NO BUSINESS being in the student loan business. People that want to go to school should be paying for it themselves and getting loans in the private sector. Now we have politicians using our tax dollars to curry political favors/votes from students.

    This is a soft form of government corruption. Vote for me, I'll give you free loans, free this, free that. I'll just take it from somebody else, borrow it (you you young people can pay it back plus a lot of interest) or maybe just print trillions of dollar bills and render the currency worthless eventually. Our entire government has been turned into a corrupt kickback scheme.

    July 8, 2013 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  8. Thomas

    The House hasn't done anything in months !

    Speaker John Boehner needs to read the fine print on what interest rates students will have to pay.

    The President is on the right track on his one .

    July 8, 2013 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  9. DaveW

    If we had not invaded Iraq and had instead diverted those funds into education, we could have funded every college education for every American student who went to college from 2002 thru 2012. In addition we would have been able to continue to fund every post-secondary college education thru fiscal year 2051.- from the 2012 Dept of Education budget committee brief, page 2, figures vetted by the CBO.
    We have squandered our nation's future on a senseless conflict. It wasn't just Republicans who were at fault, but they were at the helm and they led the charge into oblivion. So Boehner, please keep your self-righteous indignation to yourself.

    July 8, 2013 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  10. Evergreen

    Return from a week vacation and immediatly started the blame game. COMPROMISE! It's not that difficult.

    July 9, 2013 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  11. John in Brooklyn

    ROFL! Yeah right...this from the folks who urged us to go over the fiscal cliff during a recession. Talk about desperate pandering!

    July 9, 2013 02:36 am at 2:36 am |
  12. necronn99

    I want the White House to get a clue and stop blaming other factions of our gov. GET OFF YOUR BUTTS

    July 9, 2013 03:08 am at 3:08 am |
  13. Tampa Tim

    As long as lowering the student loan rates eliminates abortions, the town crier will allow a vote. What a waste of money congress has become.

    July 9, 2013 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  14. Minnie Mouse

    Everyone who is not eligible for pell grants, grants,scholarships or cannot get financial backing through family don't need to have the interest rates raised. College is already expensive enough. If people can pay for his or her own college, then the tax payers should not be paying to provide coffee, donuts or bottled waters for anyone in any American elected official position. This is something that's cheap, when you can pick and choose your own prices plus your not even getting charged interest. It's unfair to the everyone who's attending or planning to attend college to have to pay so much interest rates when our government cannot cut out wastefull spending.

    July 9, 2013 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  15. Tony

    From break? do these guys ever work what a waste of tax payer money.

    July 9, 2013 07:44 am at 7:44 am |