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Senator Tom Kean Notes Federal Government’s Actions on Student Loans

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President Also Needs to End Debt Collectors’ Robo Calls to Cell Phones

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean released the following statement regarding a proposal by President Obama that would allow students to consolidate their loans at lower interest rates:

“The very difficult economic environment that has persisted during President Obama’s tenure demands that extraordinary measures be taken to ease the burden of students unable to find employment. The President’s proposal to permit students to consolidate loans from the federal government, at lower interest rates is worthy of consideration in these difficult economic times and could provide some relief to struggling graduates.

“Of course, this measure is not a substitute for a focused and coherent economic strategy, something that the Obama Administration has been unable to articulate. The President, more than anyone else, should understand that people are not repaying their school loans because they cannot find a job. Recent graduates are among the hardest hit groups as record unemployment continues under the Obama Administration. Effective, meaningful job growth is the only way to ensure that Americans can get back on their feet and out of debt.

“Additionally, I am still concerned by the proposal that would authorize private debt collectors to call the cell phones of people delinquent on student loans and other debts owed the Federal Government. Invasive phone calls are not the answer. I plan to introduce a Resolution, in the State Senate, urging our congressional delegation to use their influence to put a stop to the Obama Administration’s intrusive debt collection proposal. I will call upon my colleagues, on both sides of the aisle, to support this common-sense resolution. We must send the President a message to halt this harassment scheme and to rededicate his efforts to getting Americans back to work.”

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