Republicans Offer Solutions While Baldwin & Obama Stonewall
Liberal Madison Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin is embarking on a phony tour of Wisconsin pointing fingers at Republicans for rising student loan interest rates when it is she and her fellow Democrats who are stonewalling progress on the issue.
According to The Hill Baldwin is beginning a tour of the state today to accuse Republicans of inaction on student loan interest rates. Conveniently, Baldwin fails to mention that Republicans have offered no less than three separate options to prevent a doubling of student loan rates on July 1st, including two which were taken directly from President Obama’s own budget proposals.
In fact, when Baldwin had a choice between keeping student loan interest rates from doubling or her precious ObamaCare, she chose ObamaCare. On April 27th, Baldwin made it clear that she preferred keeping an unpopular slush fund contained in ObamaCare in place rather than using those funds to pay for keeping student loan rates from increasing.
“Rather than embarking on some phony political tour and misleading Wisconsin voters, Tammy Baldwin should be working in a bi-partisan manner to help find a solution for college students,” said NRSC Spokesman Lance Trover. “The people of Wisconsin are fed up with Tammy Baldwin’s far-left brand of politics that places a government takeover of healthcare above the needs of hardworking students.”
Additionally on May 31st, Leader McConnell, Speaker Boehner and other Members of House and Senate Republican leadership sent a letter to President Obama indicating their willingness to work across party lines to find a fiscally responsible solution to prevent the coming rate hike.
They wrote, “We believe our alternative is reasonable and responsible, but in the interest of finding common ground on a way to pay for a one-year extension of the current student loan interest rate we are open to other solutions that we have all supported in the past.”
In this letter, Republican leaders offered two additional paths forward on the student loan debate, yet since that letter was sent more than a week ago, neither President Obama or Democrats like Baldwin have responded.