Dems Accuse Romney Of “Paying Lip Service” On Student Loans

In a DNC conference call Tuesday Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) accused presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney of simply “paying lip service” after coming out in favor of keeping student loan rates at their 3.4 percent rate.

In a DNC conference call Tuesday Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) accused presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney of simply “paying lip service” after coming out in favor of keeping student loan rates at their 3.4 percent rate.

Noting reluctance in the House to the President’s plan to extend a break on student’s interest rates, Van Hollen said that Romney would be better suited telling calling Speaker Boehner and telling him to rally support behind the plan. This would, in Van Hollen’s words, “immediately” benefit seven million students in this country.

Van Hollen was joined on the call by Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) who suggested that Romney was hypocritical for supporting the break while simultaneously endorsing the Ryan budget, which Ellison noted would double student loan rates.

Ellison said if he were a student today he would be”worried” that Romney once again might flip flop on this position–as it seems—according to Ellison—that he has taken about nine or ten different positions on various issues.

Currently, President Barack Obama is delivering a series of speeches at universities urging Congress to extend low rates for those receive Stafford loans before they double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. Some Republicans, including Romney, have expressed support for the extension, given that Congress can find a way to pay for it.

About TRNS Washington Desk

View all posts by TRNS Washington Desk
TRNS Washington Desk
News updates from on and around Capitol Hill.

Iraq And Afghanistan Vets To Be Honored In D.C.

Iraq

The names of all those who have died in battle since 9/11 will be read aloud at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on May 24.

The Flat-Earth Society Has Arisen Again

Can you imagine what the reaction would be if all four Republican candidates for North Carolina’s senate seat said the sun revolves around the earth?

Hagel Notifies Egypt Of Military Aid, US Certification

This is a relaxation of a partial suspension of aid imposed by the US government after Egypt’s military ousted President Mohamed Mursi cracked down violently on protesters.

Georgia Governor Approves Gun Rights Bill

Photo/M. Glasgow

Georgia Gov. Deal called the bill “a great day to affirm our liberties” and said that the bill expands the ability for families to defends themselves.

Air Force Chief of Staff Says Cutting A-10 Necessary To Maintain “Strategic Agility”

General Mark Welsh, the Air Force Chief of Staff, defended the decision to retire the fleet of A-10 “Warthog” planes.

Hagel Departs For Mexico, Guatemala To Emphasize U.S. Commitment

While in Mexico, Hagel will attend the second US-Canada-Mexico North American Defense Ministerial conference to meet with the other defense leaders.