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Education & Labor Committee Republicans

  • ICYMI: Student loan rates: Let the market decide, not politicians
    Jun 12, 2013  - There may be few issues that Republicans and Democrats agree on these days, but protecting college students and graduates from sky-high student loan rates should be one of them. The Smarter Solutions for Students Act, currently pending before the Senate, ties student loan rates to the market instea... More
  • ICYMI: Rep. Messer Calls on President, Senate to Join House Effort to Prevent Student Loan Rate Hike
    Jun 10, 2013  - On Saturday Representative Luke Messer (R-IN) discussed the Smarter Solutions for Students Act (H.R. 1911) in the weekly GOP address. Recently approved by the House of Representatives, this commonsense legislation would stop new subsidized student loan interest rates from doubling on July 1st. Durin... More
  • ICYMI: President Obama Punts Away from Free Markets on Student Loan Reform
    Jun 5, 2013  - Since the early days of his administration, President Obama has enjoyed a reputation as a higher education reformer. Just over four years ago he told a joint session of Congress that the country would regain its place as the most educated nation in the world, and his student loan reform bill phased... More
  • ICYMI: Kline: Remove politicians' role, align rates with free market
    Jun 3, 2013  - By Rep. John Kline (R-MN) Last summer, debate about student loans reached a fever pitch thanks to a scheduled increase in the interest rate for subsidized Stafford loans made to undergraduate students. The president began touring college campuses, calling on Congress to prevent the increase that hi... More
  • ICYMI: Obama's Student-Loan Props
    May 31, 2013  - President Obama's 2014 budget calls on Congress to prevent a doubling of interest rates on student loans and make the rates "more market-based." Last week House Republicans and four Democrats voted to prevent the rates from doubling and make the rates more market-based. Naturally, Mr. Obama is sitt... More
  • Kline and Foxx: Getting politics out of student loans
    May 23, 2013  - Bipartisan compromise is tough to find in Washington right now — but when there is opportunity for agreement, we owe it to the American people to take action. In the coming weeks, millions of student-loan borrowers could see their interest rates double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. We’re in this... More
  • ICYMI: Reforming student loans is off to a good start
    May 21, 2013  - Congress has only begun working on student loans this year, and already it’s going better than last year’s debacle. Election-year politics drove Congress and the White House to endorse a bumper-sticker policy — keep loan rates from doubling! — instead of looking at the substance. Lawmakers rushed t... More
  • Rep. Roby Highlights Working Families Flexibility Act in GOP Weekly Address
    May 13, 2013  - On Saturday Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL) highlighted the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013 (H.R. 1406) in the weekly Republican address. The commonsense proposal to give private-sector workers the option of receiving paid time off or ‘comp time’ for overtime hours worked was approved by the House ... More
  • ICYMI: House Republicans borrow from Obama for legislation to fix student loan rates
    May 10, 2013  - House Republicans on Thursday proposed a permanent fix for avoiding a doubling of student loan interest rates this year, one that is based on a proposal from the Obama administration. The Smarter Solutions for Students Act, H.R. 1911, would require interest rates for all federal student loans to be... More
  • ICYMI: Kline: It's Time to Give Working Families More Flexibility
    May 3, 2013  - By Rep. John Kline (R-MN) A South St. Paul mom and dad are having a difficult time balancing work and family. They feel time spent with their children — something we all dearly covet and our kids direly need — is harder to come by. A member of the Minnesota National Guard deployed overseas can’t st... More
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