Congressman Mike Michaud is condemning the political maneuvering by House leaders on student loan interest rates. A House bill considered today would pay for the student loan fix by repealing the Prevention and Public Health Fund, which provides support for hundreds of thousands of breast and cervical cancer screenings as well as childhood immunizations and screening newborns for birth defects.
"They were against it before they were for it. But now that they're for it, they craft a bill they know the Senate and President will reject. By taking this route, House leaders have shown that they are not genuinely in favor of finding a solution for our students. Instead, they are more interested in playing politics. This is exactly why Americans are so fed up with Washington right now. I'm hopeful that we can put this day behind us and actually get to work. Students will pay the price if Congress doesn't get its act together," said Michaud.
Michaud and others are pushing to offset the cost of the student loan fix in other ways, such as eliminating tax subsidies for the five biggest oil companies.