U.S. Rep. Miller Supports Bill to Stall Interest Hike on Student Loans

The Interest Rate Reduction Act would freeze a scheduled rate increase on federal student loans but cut preventative health care programs to offset the freeze's cost.

U.S. Rep. Candice Miller (MI-10) supported the passage of a bill Friday that would prevent a scheduled interest rate increase on federal student loans by cutting a preventative health care program.

Miller was one of 215 House representatives to support the Interest Rate Reduction Act, which would preserve the rate on subsidized Stafford loans to undergraduate students by cutting the Prevention and Public Health Fund created in President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, according to The Huffington Post.

The interest rates are scheduled to increase to 6.8 percent on July 1, but IRRA would extend lower rates for an additional year. Under a 2007 statute, the 6.8 percent rates were phased down to 3.4 percent, but were set to return to their original rate if Congress did not act otherwise.

The White House has already said it would veto such legislation as the proposed bill would take money from health programs that fund services like cancer screening and child immunizations to offset the almost $6 billion a one-year rate freeze would cost.

House Democrats have said they would rather the fund the rate freeze by taking away subsidies for oil companies, according to MSNBC.com. This alternative was blocked in the House.

In voicing her support of IRRA, Miller said:

“Every young American who works hard and studies hard deserves a shot at the American Dream, but unfortunately today more than 53 percent of young Americans under age 25 with a college degree are unemployed or under-employed working in a job that does not take advantage of their education."

Miller added her belief that the passage of H.R.4628 will “help young people to be better able to afford to pay back their loans,” while not distracting the country from creating an economy “that gives them the chance to apply the knowledge they worked so hard to learn.”

The bill now heads to the U.S. Senate for consideration. The Senate is expected to introduce its version of the bill next month.

teacherpreacher April 29, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Thank you! My student loans will be outrageous if the interest rate goes up!
Liz Davis August 01, 2012 at 01:04 PM
If the interest rate on student loans will continue to grow many people might not afford to have this type of loan due to expensiveness. And if they do have applied, they might end up getting a problem in repaying it. Liz, http://lizloans.com
johnmartin October 25, 2012 at 02:05 PM
This is really good news that U.S. Rep. Candice Miller (MI-10) has supported the passage of a bill Friday that would prevent a scheduled interest rate increase on federal student loans. http://www.paydayau.com.au
Teena Reed November 08, 2012 at 01:04 PM
I think that the interest rate should be increased as students loan consumers are already in problem. The rate of interest for student must be reduced so that student can repay their loans on time easily. http://www.paydaydirect.co.uk
SharonP November 08, 2012 at 02:03 PM
How much would the average student loan increase per year? I would be willing to pay a few hundred extra a year if it meant young people can receive preventative medicine. I can't afford to. My family has over $50,000 in outstanding student debt. I have degree from a top University and the only job I can find is working in a restaurant (I was once middle-class). And yet, I am willing to pay whatever tax increase was previously agreed upon by our leaders. I don't need to save $100 so badly that I want to see medicine taken away from sick people.


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