GOP Presses Democrats For Student Loan Changes

WASHINGTON (July 6, 2013)--Congressional Republicans used their weekly radio and Internet address to push for an overhaul of the government's student loan program, as both Democrats and the GOP blame each other for letting interest rates on the subsidized loans double last Monday.

In the weekly Republican radio address Saturday, U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan., pressed Democrats to act on legislation that ties the rate to the financial markets, similar to a proposal from President Barack Obama.

Senate Democrats unsuccessfully sought a two-year extension of the current 3.4 percent rate.

Jenkins told students they deserve a more fair approach, one free of politics that allows students to take advantage of lower rates and have more peace of mind.

The White House predicts a deal will be reached before students return to school from their summer break.

Mr. Obama commemorated Independence Day when he delivered his weekly address

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