Congressman Hakeem Jeffries

Representing the 8th District of New York

Jeffries: House GOP Bill Fails America’s Students

May 23, 2013
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries voted against the House Republican student loan bill, “Smarter Solutions for Students Act,” H.R. 1911.  This bill will not adequately address the student loan crisis we have in our country.

“A college education is the gateway to the American Dream for working families and those who aspire to be part of the middle class,” said Rep. Jeffries.  “This bill will take a bad student debt situation and make it much worse by increasing the interest rate that younger Americans will pay throughout the duration of the loan.”

On July 1, the current student loan interest rate of 3.4% is set to double to 6.8%.  If Congress fails to act, nearly 7.5 million low and middle-income students will see their loan repayment costs increase by an average of $2,800. Student loan debt in this country now exceeds one trillion dollars. 

In April, Rep. Jeffries introduced H.R. 1498, a bill that aims to keep the current rate at 3.4% for one additional year, allotting the Congress enough time to come up with a permanent and fair solution to the problem.

“Congress should do all it can to make college more affordable.  Instead, the House GOP has passed a bill that will make the student loan burden even heavier than it is today,” said Rep. Jeffries.

Earlier this week, Rep. Jeffries spoke on the House floor in opposition to the House Republican student loan bill.  The video is available by clicking the image below or here:  Rep. Jeffries Questions Logic of House GOP Student Loan Bill.

 

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