Key Vote Alert – "NO" on Student Loan Subsidies (S 2343)

Mr. Andrew Roth - May 08th, 2012


“NO” on Student Loan Subsidies (S 2343)

The Club for Growth urges all Senators to vote “NO” on the Stop the Student Loan Interest Rate Hike Act of 2012 (S 2343). The Senate will begin consideration of the bill today. A vote on final passage, and perhaps procedural votes and different versions, will be included in the Club’s 2012 Congressional Scorecard.

Regardless of the bill’s intended merits, the government should not be in the business of subsidizing student loans.

Before 2007, the interest rate for subsidized Stafford student loans was 6.8%, but House Democrats voted that year to lower the rate to 3.4% for the next four years. This bill would extend that rate for new loans for another year, costing taxpayers $6 billion. It’s bad policy to subsidize student loans in the first place, but the net result will likely drive up tuition costs for all students, making the overall cost of the bill much higher than its current price tag. The House Republican version of this bill offsets this subsidy by repealing the Prevention and Public Health Fund that was created with the passage of ObamaCare. That fund should indeed be repealed, but fiscal conservatives should only try to repeal the entire law, not just parts of it. Other versions of this bill use different offsets, but for the most part, the offset is irrelevant. Fiscal conservatives should not be promoting bad policy, which this bill contains.

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