Congressman Tierney Slams Yet Another Republican Attack on Women, Middle Class Families
April 26, 2012
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman John Tierney urged his colleagues in the House of Representatives to bring his bill to keep student loan interest rates at 3.4% for the next year (H.R. 4816) to the House floor for a vote. Congressman Tierney's bill is paid for by ending certain Big Oil subsidies, while the GOP bill cuts funding to preventive health care for women and children.
"The attack on women in this country continues today," Congressman Tierney said. "Republicans are using the countdown to student loan interest rates doubling to play politics with the lives of our middle class families. Instead of allowing a vote on my bill to extend the 3.4% interest rate for a year, which is paid for by ending some tax subsidies to Big Oil, Speaker Boehner is jamming through a bill that is paid for by cutting critical preventive care for women and children, like breast and cervical cancer screenings, initiatives to reduce birth defects, and childhood immunizations. Clearly, Republicans are not serious about keeping student loan interest rates down, or protecting the health of our middle class families."
If Congress does not take action, more than 7 million students nation-wide and some 177,000 in MA will see their student loan interest rates double on July 1st. Congressman Tierney spoke on the House Floor earlier this afternoon in support of his legislation.