10.26.11

Enzi Disappointed In President's Partisan Tone on Student Loans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today said while he supports efforts to help struggling graduates with their student loan debt, he is disappointed that the President has chosen to blame Congress for failing to act before working to find a bipartisan solution.  Enzi urged the President to work with both Republicans and Democrats on issues like higher education and the economy.

“While I agree that the rising cost of higher education is a problem that must be urgently addressed, the President has made no effort to work with Congress to find any bipartisan solutions on the student loan debt issue,” said Senator Enzi.  “Portions of this proposal were contained in the President’s budget, which was unanimously rejected by the Senate 97 to 0. Because this latest plan was literally drafted behind closed doors, we are left with more questions than answers. The President should stop campaigning and start working with Congress to get the results that the American people expect.  Instead of packaging proposals with poison pill legislation that attract opposition from all sides, Congress should vote on standalone issues like this that could gain bipartisan support and provide the President with the authority he lacks.”

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