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Obama Goes To Florida To Talk About Education, While Young Adults Are Mired In Debt And Despair

- March 7, 2014

President Obama and Mrs. Obama's visit to South Florida will include a stop at Coral Reef to deliver remarks on the importance of a quality education and its vital role on the economic success of our country.... Continue Reading »

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Obama’s College Proposals Land With A Thud

- August 23, 2013

The Chronicle Of Higher Education Headline: “Obama Plan To Tie Student Aid To College Ratings Draws Mixed Reviews” ... Continue Reading »

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Obama’s Empty Rhetoric On A Long-Term Solution To Student Loans

- July 10, 2013

Today, The Senate Democrat Bill To Freeze Student Loan Interest Rates Failed “After Contentious Discussions Tuesday, Much Of It Between Democrats Who Have Been Split On The Issue.” “A Senate bill that would freeze a low interest rate on one type of federal student loan for another year, along with buying lawmakers more time to craft a long-term strategy for setting all education loan interest rates, failed to clear a procedural vote Wednesday afternoon. That bounces the issue back to negotiations yet again, as lawmakers try to reach a consensus before the August recess, at which point most students will have to lock in their loans for the coming school year. The vote was 51 in favor and 49 opposed, not enough to advance the bill. The failed key test vote came after contentious discussions Tuesday, much of it between Democrats who have been split on the issue. Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) met for hours with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and Education Secretary Arne Duncan.”... Continue Reading »

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More Student Groans

- July 9, 2013

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Refused To Take A Position On A Bipartisan Senate Plan To Reform Student Loans. NBC's CHUCK TODD: "Is the administration's position on the Manchin-Blunt-Alexander-Angus King bipartisan student loan compromise in the Senate?" WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY JAY CARNEY: "The President is for, as you know, a long-term fix here. But we are generally for resolution of this problem because we have already passed the deadline whereby students face a doubling of their loan rates, and there is no reason why in our view, this cannot be worked out by the Senate and the House." TODD: "So you're supportive of this compromise?" CARNEY: "Well we are supportive of a process that leads to a compromise and a resolution here, one that ensures that rates are kept low for students, that does not try to reduce the deficit on the back of students by jacking up their rates, and that ensures that middle-class families are able to pay the costs of college and that those that aspire to the middle class have a chance at paying for college." TODD: "I understand, but for or against, or no position on it?" CARNEY: "I don't have a specific position on a piece of legislation beyond the assertion that there is a path towards compromise that achieves the president's principles. And we urge members of both houses and both parties to reach that compromise because the clock is ticking. We are confident that a compromise can be found that will be retroactive and therefore not cause harm to students and their families. But the fact is, the longer we wait, students and their families will be planning for the fall and the future and have to make decisions based on what they believe will be their rates." TODD: "I am going to keep following up. So could you support it or not support it?" CARNEY: "We support a process. Supporting a single bill is not the answer here."... Continue Reading »

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Student Groans

- July 1, 2013

In Letting Student Loan Rates Double, Senate Democrats Place Partisan Bickering Ahead Of The Nation’s Students... Continue Reading »

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Media Advisory: Don’t Double My Rate Student Loan Protest on Capitol Steps

- June 28, 2013

On Friday, June 28, 2013, interns from around Washington, D.C. will convene outside the Hart Senate Office Building to protest Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the Democrat-controlled Senate’s refusal to prevent student loan rates from doubling.... Continue Reading »

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Democrat Disarray Halts Student Loan Relief

- June 28, 2013

"Senate Democrats Battled Among Themselves Over Student Loans," All But Guaranteeing The Senate Will Miss Its July 1 Deadline To Prevent Loan Rates From Doubling. "Senate Democrats battled among themselves over student loans Thursday, holding dueling news conferences about the right way to prevent interest rates from doubling in four days. It was an unusual situation for the party with an issue on which it has typically been united. And the split all but guaranteed that the chamber will blow past the July 1 deadline, when new student loan applicants who receive need-based federal aid will see their interest rates rise from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent."... Continue Reading »

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RNC Unveils #DontDoubleMyRate Student Loan Countdown Clock And Petition

- June 28, 2013

Today, the Republican National Committee unveiled a #DontDoubleMyRate countdown clock and petition asking Americans to tell President Obama and Senate Democrats to stop student loan rates from doubling before it’s too late on July 1st. Instead of doing their jobs to protect college graduates across the country, Harry Reid and Senate Democrats have stood in the way of bipartisan solutions.... Continue Reading »

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Senate Democrats’ Failing Grade For Grads

- June 27, 2013

“With Just Days To Spare,” Senate Democrats’ Obstruction Has Threatened To Allow Subsidized Student Loans To Double From The Current 3.4% To 6.8%. “With just days to spare before a July 1 deadline sends subsidized Stafford loan rates up from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent, a group of senators from both parties announced a plan that would link interest rates on new federally backed loans to the financial markets.”... Continue Reading »

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Obama’s Report Card For Grads: F

- May 31, 2013

Today, Obama Will Be Joined By College Students At The White House To Advocate For Action On Student Loans. WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY JAY CARNEY: "Before I take your questions I wanted to let you know that on Friday, the President will be joined by college students here at the White House for an event where he will call on Congress to prevent student loan interest rates from doubling on July 1st. The President's budget includes a proposal to guarantee students a low rate in July. Democrats in the House and Senate have also put forward solutions to achieve that goal." (Press Briefing, Washington, D.C. 5/29/13)... Continue Reading »

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Another Failing Grade For Obama On Student Loan Debt

- October 18, 2012

Obama: "We've Seen Millions Of Young People Be Able To Afford College." OBAMA: "And as a consequence, we've seen millions of young people be able to afford college, and that's going to make sure that young women are going to be able to compete in that marketplace."... Continue Reading »

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They Said It!

- August 28, 2012

Obama Campaign Advisor Robert Gibbs To Unemployed College Graduates - It Could Be Worse. MSNBC'S CHUCK TODD: "But boy that unemployment rate when you get out of college is tough. It's higher than the national average." ROBERT GIBBS: "You should see the unemployment rate if you don't get through college. It's about twice as high for those that do have a college degree."... Continue Reading »

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The Obama Economic Plan: Sign A Memo

- June 7, 2012

Today, Obama Will Sign A Memo Focused On “Student Loan Repayment Options.” “Also Thursday, the officials said, Mr. Obama will issue a memorandum aimed at easing access to student loan repayment options — in particular income-based repayment, which caps borrowers’ monthly payments based on their ability to pay.”... Continue Reading »

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Obama By The Numbers: Education Edition

- May 23, 2012

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How Obama Has Failed Colorado Youth

- May 23, 2012

Thanks to Obama’s policies, young Americans cannot find good jobs to pay off loans... Continue Reading »

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Just More Words: Higher Tuition And Student Loan Debt, “Can I Get An Amen?”

- May 22, 2012

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Obama Plays Election-Year Politics While Students Get Squeezed

- May 8, 2012

As Congress Moves Forward, The Obama Administration Promised To Veto House Legislation That Would Extend The Low-Interest Rates For Students. “The Obama administration threatened to veto the House Republican version of the extension of the student loan bill Friday, arguing that it cuts funding for preventive health services to offset the one year extension of the 3.4 percent student loan rate.”... Continue Reading »

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Hype And Blame: Obama Blames Others For Doing What He Proposed

- May 4, 2012

Today, Barack Obama Spoke With High School Students Accusing Republicans Of Attacking Women’s Health At The Expense Of Keeping Student Interest Rates Low. OBAMA: “For each year that college doesn't act, the average student with these Stafford loans will rack up an additional thousand dollars in debt. That's like a thousand dollar tax hike for more than 7 million students across America. Now, let me ask, is that something that you can afford if you're going to college? You guys shouldn't have to pay an extra thousand dollars just because congress can't get its act together. This should be a no-brainer, this thing we need to get done. So the good news is the Senate will the vote next week on a bill that would keep student loan rates from doubling. And some Republican Senators look like they might support it. I'm ready to work with them to make it happen, but unfortunately, rather than find a bipartisan way to fix this problem, the House Republicans are saying they're only going to prevent these rates from doubling if they can cut things like preventive health care for women instead. So -- we shouldn't have to choose between women having preventive health care and young people keeping their student loan rates low.” ... Continue Reading »

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ICYMI: “As Senator, Obama Missed Votes On Student Loan Bill He Wants To Extend”

- April 24, 2012

In 2007, then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama missed two votes on the student loan interest bill that he now wants Congress to extend.... Continue Reading »

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Obama’s Identity Crisis

- April 24, 2012

This Week, Obama Will Be Taking A Taxpayer Funded Trip To Several College Campuses In An Effort To Rein In The Youth Vote. “President Barack Obama will take a two-day, three-state trip this week to visit college campuses and talk about student loan interest rates. The trip is billed as an official one, paid for by taxpayers. But the Obama campaign is also capitalizing on the trip, touting the president’s student-loan message and drawing contrasts with Mitt Romney.”... Continue Reading »

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Didn’t Obama Try This Before?

- February 13, 2012

Obama heads to Northern Virginia Community College today to discuss his budget and to announce a “new” program to link community college students with jobs after they graduate. This “new” program sounds an awful lot like programs the White House has announced before, even one they announced at the same community college. If Obama wants to get serious about reining in his $1.3 trillion budget deficit, he could start by cutting duplicative programs that are more useful for photo opportunities than job opportunities.... Continue Reading »

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Just More Words For Students

- January 13, 2012

“Vice President Joe Biden Will Visit Gahanna Lincoln High School On Thursday Afternoon To Talk About College Affordability With High-School Students And Their Parents, Officials Said.”... Continue Reading »

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