Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, June 4, 2013
The Republican National Committee released a web video Tuesday refuting President Obama’s claims that Congressional Republicans aren’t dealing with the issue of federal student loan interest rates properly.
The video, entitled “Real Solutions on Student Loan Rates,” focuses on how the GOP has in fact already done what the president called for in his White House Rose Garden speech Friday. Using a classroom setting as the backdrop, the video incorporates speeches by both Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) with the text of the video written on the classroom’s whiteboard.
Last month House Republicans passed a permanent, bipartisan bill that would prevent the interest rates on federal student loans from doubling on July 1. Their bill, which calls for a market-based variable interest rate for federal student loans, actually came from a proposal in President Obama’s own fiscal year 2014 budget proposal.
“The House bill isn’t smart and it’s not fair,” Obama said while standing in front of dozens of college students in the White House Rose Garden Friday. “I’m glad the House is paying attention to it, but they didn’t do it in the right way.”
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus obviously disagrees.
“Republicans want to find a way to solve the student loan debt problem and have produced reasonable, responsible legislation, yet Democrats continue to play politics at the expense of college students and Americans who are struggling to find work,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a press release. “Instead of working with Republicans to reach a bipartisan solution, the president has chosen to pick a fight over minor disagreements in the way the issue is addressed. Someone should remind him that the election is over; there’s no reason for him to make this a political wedge.”
Watch the video below: