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GOP Weekly Address: Rep. Lynn Jenkins Urges Action on Student Loans

US House of Representatives(WASHINGTON) -- In this week's Republican address, Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Ks., a mother of two college students urges Senate Democrats to approve bipartisan student loan reform.

Inaction caused the interest rates on many student loans to double on July 1, despite the House working in May to attempt to stop the rate increase.

Here is the full transcript of this week's Republican address, presented by Kansas Rep. Lynn Jenkins:

"Hello, I’m Lynn Jenkins, Congresswoman from the Second District of Kansas and Vice-Chair of the House Republican Conference. I hope you and your family had a wonderful Independence Day.

The spirit of 1776 is fresh in our hearts this weekend. America is at its best when it lives up to the blessings our forebears pledged everything to secure. Their ideas have survived and thrived because every generation has worked hard to expand the pursuit of happiness and ensure our children are free to live a better life.

Today these essentials of the American Dream are at risk. Last week, I spoke with hundreds of college students who are concerned they won’t have the same opportunities their parents had. They find it hard to see beyond paying off their education, stretching to afford rent, and finding a job in this tough economy.

That’s why, over the last few months, Republicans made every effort to stop interest rates on some student loans from doubling, as they unnecessarily did on July 1st. For too long, politicians have been in charge of setting these rates, and we keep coming back to cliffs and deadlines like this one. Paying for college is difficult enough without all this uncertainty. I have two kids in college, I know how hard it can be.

So in the spring, when President Obama proposed letting the markets set interest rates instead, the Republican-led House passed a bill reflecting his plan. Republicans in the Senate came to the table with similar ideas. Unfortunately, Senate Democrats attacked the president’s plan, refused to work with us, and allowed this rate hike to take effect, leaving for the July 4th holiday without passing a solution.

Because of this inaction, millions of undergraduates who want to take out a subsidized Stafford loan are now being told they will have to pay an interest rate that’s double what they were expecting.  That’s just not right.  
You deserve a fairer approach, one free of politics that allows you to take advantage of lower rates and have more peace of mind. That’s what we’ve been working on. In the House, we haven’t just talked about it; we’ve actually passed it.  Now we need the Democratic-controlled Senate to act.

On behalf of parents and students across the nation, I call on Senate Democrats to join with us and help pass bipartisan student loan reform when the Senate returns to work next week.  And President Obama should do his part by urging his fellow Democrats in the Senate to work with us.  We will not let up until they agree to do the right thing.

Thank you for listening, and God bless the United States of America."

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GOP Address: Rep. Jenkins Says 'We Owe Returning Services Members A Strong Economy'

US House of Representatives(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Lynn Jenkins of Kansas delivers the Republican address this Memorial Day weekend honoring the fallen men and women of the U.S. Armed forces and praying "for our sons and daughters who are risking their lives so that we may live in freedom and security."

Jenkins underscores the importance of energizing the economy so that active duty men and women can return home with to opportunities to support themselves and their families.

"Of course, we owe it to our service members to do everything we can to ensure they come home to a strong, growing economy that creates jobs and opportunities," she says.

But with the rising costs of living and millions of Americans still out of work, Jenkins says "Americans are clamoring for optimistic leadership and a positive agenda to help get people back to work …" She adds that the Republicans' Plan for America's Jobs Creators is what will get Americans working by focusing long-term growth instead of a "short-term stimulus" and on small businesses and not "big government."

Rep. Jenkins continues, offering up GOP-hatched solutions for job creation and economic growth, namely domestic energy projects such as the Keystone XL pipeline.  

"An overwhelming majority of the American people and a bipartisan coalition in Congress supports Keystone, but right now it is stuck in a House-Senate conference committee due to opposition from the president and his allies in the Senate Democratic leadership," the congresswoman said, adding, "Republicans are holding strong for Keystone by insisting it should be included in any transportation legislation Congress send to President Obama."

Jenkins gave answer to the President Obama's recent proposed "To-Do List" and touted the benefits of removing costly red tape for small business owners, repealing the health care law and curbing federal spending.

"Through the Republican jobs plan, the House has voted to take these common-sense steps to sustained job growth and prosperity. Right now, there are 30 House-passed jobs bills awaiting action in the Democratic-controlled Senate, giving President Obama a serious to-do list to tackle," she said.

"Republicans continue to stand ready and willing to work with him on these priorities."

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