Today I joined my House colleagues in passing H.R. 4628, a bill that would prevent current student loan interest rates from increasing from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. With nearly half of all college graduates unemployed or underemployed, the House is working to ensure these students have a better, more competitive economy in which to find gainful work. The cost of this extension is fully-paid for by repealing a $12 billion ObamaCare slush fund which is currently administered without any congressional oversight.
I also voted against the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) on Thursday, a bill that would authorize Internet companies to share private online data about possible cyber attacks with federal agencies. While strengthening cyber-security is important, the bill contains broad measures that raise serious concerns for privacy. My constituents spoke out firmly against this legislation and I listened. This bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a 248-168 vote.