The GOP-controlled House of Representatives voted Friday to extend a $5.9 billion bill to maintain low interest rates for student loans. With cuts coming from Obamacare to pay for the House bill, Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has spoken out against the measure and the White House has threatened to veto it if it were to somehow make it out of Congress. As President Obama has attacked Republicans on the issue during remarks at three college campuses in battleground states this week, Republican leadership blasted the president Friday for politicizing the issue.
"If the President was more interested in solving this problem than in hearing the sound of his own voice or the applause of college students, all he’d have to do is pick up the phone and work it out with Congress," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement to POLITICO. "We don’t want the interest rates on these loans to double in this economy. We don’t want today’s graduates to have to suffer any more than they already are as a result of this President’s failure to turn the economy around more than three years into office."
House Speaker John Boehner took to the floor Friday, slamming the White House and Congressional Democrats for obstructing bipartisanship on issues such as student loans to women's health.
"How in the world did we ever get here," Boehner began, before blasting Democrats for picking a fight "over an issue that everyone knew was going to be resolved. A fight being picked over an issue that there is no fight over.”
"Nobody wants to see student loan interest rates go up," Boehner went on to say. "Especially when you got recent college graduates-- with fifty percent either unemployed or underemployed as a result of the president's economic policies."
"My god, do we have to fight about everything?” the Speaker said before moving on to tackle the left's accusation of a GOP "war on women."
Mediaite transcribed and cut Boehner's retort to the left allegedly politicizing women's health Friday:
"Now, we're going to have a fight about women's health. Give me a break. This the latest plank in the so-called 'war on women,' entirely created by my colleagues across the aisle for political gain. Let’s review the facts: The president, in his budget, called for reductions in spending in this slush fund that’s given to the Secretary of HHS. The President called for reductions in spending. He may have already forgotten that several months ago you all voted to cut $4 billion out of this slush fund when they passed the payroll tax credit bill. So to accuse us of wanting to gut women’s health is absolutely not true. Ladies and gentlemen, this is beneath us. This is beneath the dignity of this House and dignity of our constituents. They expect us to come here and to be honest with each other. To work out these issues. And to pick this big political fight where there is no fight is just silly. Give me a break."