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13-H1433 on Apr 11, 2013

Bill Sponsorship: Student Loan Affordability Act
Source: S.707 / H.R.1433
Congressional Summary:Amends title IV (Student Assistance) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 to extend the 3.4% interest rate on Federal Direct Stafford loans to loans first disbursed to undergraduate students between July 1, 2011, and July 1, 2015. Replaces the [termination date of] 2013 with 2015.

Proponent's argument for bill:(US PIRG press release): The Student Loan Affordability Act keeps interest rates affordable for students over the next two years. If Congress fails to act by July 1, interest rates on federal Subsidized Stafford Loans will double from 3.4% to 6.8%. That would hike the cost of college by $1,000 per student, per loan, for over 7 million students across the country. The bill pays for extending the current interest rates through 2015 by closing three non-education tax loopholes.

Opponent's argument against bill:(Rep. Tom Cotton, R-AR): Unfortunately, too many students today struggle for years to repay their loans because Washington politicians dictate student-loan rates and end up hurting students and taxpayers alike. It's causing tuition costs to skyrocket, leaving students buried in debt, often without jobs, and forced to delay buying a home and starting a family. As students struggle to repay their loans--regardless of the interest rate--taxpayers are on the hook for a $100 billion bailout--a burden hard-working Arkansans shouldn't have to bear. A better path is to let Arkansas's hometown banks work with students and families to finance higher education, just as they do with homes, farms, businesses, and other loans. I'm committed to bringing affordable higher education to every Arkansan and ending the federal-government monopoly on the student-lending business.

Also see the related Senate bill S.707


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 7. Question 7: Vouchers for school choice Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Education
  • Headline: Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015 (Score: -1)
  • Headline 2: Extend subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015 (Score: -1)
  • Headline 3: End federal monopoly on student-lending business (Score: 2)

    Participating counts on AmericansElect question 6.
  • Headline: Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015 (Answer: C)
  • Headline 2: Extend subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015 (Answer: C)
  • Headline 3: End federal monopoly on student-lending business (Answer: A)
  • AmericansElect Quiz Question 6 on Education: When you think about education in the US, which of the following is closest to your opinion?
    • A: School curriculums should be set entirely at a local school board level
    • B: School curriculums should be set more by local school boards than at a national level
    • C: School curriculums should be set more by national standards than at a local level
    • D: School curriculums should be set entirely at a national standardized level
    • E: Unsure


  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
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  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 13-H1433

Timothy Bishop s1oNew York DemocratApr 9, 2013
Suzanne Bonamici s1oOregon DemocratApr 9, 2013
Bruce Braley s1oIA Democratic ChallengerApr 9, 2013
Cheri Bustos s1oIllinois DemocratApr 9, 2013
Lois Capps s1oCalifornia Democrat (retiring 2016)Apr 9, 2013
Tony Cardenas s1oCalifornia DemocratApr 9, 2013
Andre Carson s1oIndiana DemocratApr 9, 2013
Matt Cartwright s1oPennsylvania DemocratApr 16, 2013
Kathy Castor s1oFlorida DemocratApr 16, 2013
Joaquin Castro s1oTexas DemocratApr 9, 2013
David Cicilline s1oRhode Island DemocratApr 9, 2013
Yvette Clarke s1oNew York DemocratApr 9, 2013
Steve Cohen s1oTennessee DemocratApr 9, 2013
Gerry Connolly s1oVirginia DemocratApr 9, 2013
John Conyers s1oMichigan DemocratApr 9, 2013
Joe Courtney s2pConnecticut DemocratApr 9, 2013
Susan Davis s1oCalifornia DemocratApr 12, 2013
Rosa DeLauro s1oConnecticut DemocratApr 9, 2013
Suzan DelBene s1oWashington DemocratApr 9, 2013
John Dingell s1oMichigan Democrat (retiring 2014)Apr 9, 2013
Mike Doyle s1oPennsylvania DemocratApr 9, 2013
Tammy Duckworth s1oIL Democratic Senate candidateApr 9, 2013
Donna Edwards s1oMaryland Democrat (retiring 2016)Apr 9, 2013
Keith Ellison s1oMinnesota DemocratApr 10, 2013
Bill Enyart s1oIllinois DemocratApr 10, 2013
Anna Eshoo s1oCalifornia DemocratApr 16, 2013
Elizabeth Esty s1oConnecticut DemocratApr 9, 2013
Bill Foster s1oIllinois DemocratApr 11, 2013
Al Green s1oTexas DemocratApr 9, 2013
Gene Green s1oTexas DemocratApr 10, 2013
Raul Grijalva s1oArizona DemocratApr 9, 2013
Brian Higgins s1oNew York DemocratApr 9, 2013
Jim Himes s1oConnecticut DemocratApr 9, 2013
Ruben Hinojosa s1oTexas DemocratApr 9, 2013
Rush Holt s1oNew Jersey Democrat (retiring 2014)Apr 9, 2013
Steven Horsford s1oNevada DemocratApr 9, 2013
Sheila Jackson Lee s1oTexas DemocratApr 9, 2013
Dan Kildee s1oMichigan DemocratApr 11, 2013
Derek Kilmer s1oWashington DemocratApr 9, 2013
Ron Kind s1oWI Former Democratic challenger (2012)Apr 11, 2013
James Langevin s1oRhode Island DemocratApr 9, 2013
Rick Larsen s1oWashington DemocratApr 9, 2013
John Larson s1oConnecticut DemocratApr 9, 2013
Barbara Lee s1oCalifornia DemocratApr 9, 2013
John Lewis s1oGeorgia DemocratApr 9, 2013
David Loebsack s1oIowa DemocratApr 9, 2013
Ben Ray Lujan s1oNew Mexico DemocratApr 16, 2013
Steve Lynch s1oMassachusetts Democrat (Senate run 2013)Apr 9, 2013
Carolyn Maloney s1oNew York Democrat/LiberalApr 9, 2013
Ed Markey s1oMA Democratic ChallengerApr 9, 2013
Jim Matheson s1oUtah Democrat (retiring 2014)Apr 11, 2013
Jim McDermott s1oWashington DemocratApr 9, 2013
Jim McGovern s1oMassachusetts DemocratApr 9, 2013
Mike McIntyre s1oNorth Carolina Democrat (retiring 2014)Apr 10, 2013
Gwen Moore s1oWisconsin DemocratApr 9, 2013
Jerrold Nadler s1oNew York Dem./Lib./Working-FamiliesApr 9, 2013
Eleanor Holmes Norton s1oDistrict of Columbia DemocratApr 9, 2013
Beto O`Rourke s1oTexas DemocratApr 10, 2013
Gary Peters s1oMI Democratic ChallengerApr 9, 2013
Scott Peters s1oCalifornia DemocratApr 9, 2013
Chellie Pingree s1oMaine DemocratApr 9, 2013
Jared Polis s1oColorado DemocratApr 9, 2013
Charles Rangel s1oNew York Dem./Lib. (retiring 2016)Apr 9, 2013
Lucille Roybal-Allard s1oCalifornia DemocratApr 9, 2013
Bobby Rush s1oIllinois DemocratApr 12, 2013
Tim Ryan s1oOhio DemocratApr 9, 2013
Gregorio Sablan s1oMarianas DemocratApr 10, 2013
Loretta Sanchez s1oCA Democratic Senate candidateApr 9, 2013
John Sarbanes s1oMaryland DemocratApr 9, 2013
Jan Schakowsky s1oIllinois DemocratApr 9, 2013
Adam Schiff s1oCalifornia DemocratApr 9, 2013
Kurt Schrader s1oOregon DemocratApr 9, 2013
Allyson Schwartz s1oPA Democratic ChallengerApr 9, 2013
Carol Shea-Porter s1oNew Hampshire DemocratApr 9, 2013
Louise Slaughter s1oNew York DemocratApr 9, 2013
David Adam Smith s1oWashington DemocratApr 11, 2013
Mike Thompson s1oCalifornia DemocratApr 9, 2013
John Tierney s1oMassachusetts DemocratApr 9, 2013
Dina Titus s1oNevada DemocratApr 16, 2013
Paul Tonko s1oNew York DemocratApr 9, 2013
Chris Van Hollen s1oMaryland Democrat (retiring 2016)Apr 9, 2013
Juan Vargas s1oCalifornia DemocratApr 16, 2013
Filemon Vela s1oTexas DemocratApr 9, 2013
Tim Walz s1oMinnesota DemocratApr 9, 2013
Henry Waxman s1oCalifornia Democrat (retiring 2014)Apr 9, 2013
Peter Welch s1oVermont DemocratApr 9, 2013
John Yarmuth s1oKentucky DemocratApr 9, 2013



Republicans participating in 13-H1433

Tom Cotton s3-AR Republican Senate challenger 



Independents participating in 13-H1433

Madeleine Bordallo s1oGuam DelegateApr 16, 2013



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 87
Republicans: 1
Independents: 1


















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