On July 1, need-based student loan rates doubled from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. Reed’s bill would retroactively bring some student loan rates back down to 3.4 percent.
“The legislation passed by the House would balance the budget on the backs of struggling students,” Reid said earlier Monday. “The House legislation is worse for students than doing nothing at all. Under the House plan, as interest rates start to rise, student loan rates will rise with them. Soon, loan rates will be more than double.”
The Senate attempted last month to pass legislation that would have extended the 3.4 percent rate for two years but there wasn’t enough support to overcome the Republican filibuster requiring 60-votes to advance the bill.
A bipartisan group of senators have introduced an alternative bill similar to what the House passed last month, but it’s unclear if Reid will allow that bill to come to the floor for a vote.
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Before adjourning for the evening, Reid passed by unanimous consent the Organization of American States Revitalization and Reform Act. Sen. Bob MenendezRobert MenendezCorruption trial could roil NJ Senate race Steve Mnuchin, foreclosure king, now runs your US Treasury Senate Dems move to nix Trump's deportation order MORE (D-N.J.) introduced S. 793, which directs Secretary of State to submit to Congress a multiyear strategy to carry out the diplomatic engagements of the Organization of American States.
This article was updated at 7:10 p.m. to include the passage of S. 793.