The GOP embarrasses Mitt Romney: By blocking a bill he supported. Does the GOP want Romney to lose?
WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked a bill that would
have frozen student loan interest rates before they are set to double
on July 1.
In a partisan vote of 52 to 45, the Senate failed to reach the 60
votes needed to begin debate on the Democratic bill. Sen. Olympia Snowe
(Maine) was the lone Republican to vote "present." A Snowe spokesman
told The Huffington Post her vote was related to her practice of voting
"present" on legislation that contains the potential or appearance of
association with the private business activity of her husband.
The vote wasn't much of a surprise: Republicans have been signaling
they would filibuster the bill because of its cost offsets. Democrats
would cover the $6 billion cost of keeping student loan interest rates
at 3.4 percent for another year by raising Social Security and Medicare
payroll taxes on certain high-earners. By contrast, Republicans have
called for nixing a preventive health fund to pay for it.
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