NRSC - Shaheen Fails Struggling Students

Shaheen Fails Struggling Students on Loans,
Chooses Politics Over Solutions

Schumer-Shaheen Agenda: Failing to enact permanent fix is “a messaging winner for democrats”

Washington, D.C. - In less than two weeks, loan rates for New Hampshire students will double from 3.4% to 6.8%, yet Jeanne Shaheen is doing nothing to help them.  Shaheen would rather toe the party line than rally behind a solution to help New Hampshire college students who are already struggling to stay above water.

Two weeks ago, Shaheen insisted “The last thing we should do at a time when Americans owe more on student loans than credit cards is to let interest rates on student loans double.” 

Yet, when Shaheen had the chance to vote for a long-term solution...

Shaheen voted against a permanent fix to student loan rates which would have prevented the rates from doubling on July 1st. (S. 1003, CQ Vote #142: Motion rejected 40-57: R 39-5; D 1-50; I 0-2, 6/6/13, Shaheen Voted Nay)

Why did Jeanne Shaheen turn her back on struggling college students? Because New York Senator Chuck Schumer told her to.  According to Roll Call, Schumer said the student loan issue was “a messaging winner for democrats.” Meanwhile, college students are left without a sound solution to prevent loan rates from doubling and time is running out.

"Students are already struggling to pay the bills and face a tough job market, yet Jeanne Shaheen voted against a permanent solution that would have prevented their loan rates from doubling.  Preventing student loan rates from crushing struggling students should be an area of bipartisan agreement in Washington, but Jeanne Shaheen would rather politicize the issue than help working families and students get ahead. New Hampshire needs a serious Senator who works across the partisan divide to fix problems, not someone who instead takes pleasure in inflaming the division," said NRSC Press Secretary Brook Hougesen.