House Dem blasts GOP Comments About Tolerance for High-Priced Student Loans

"Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) on Monday afternoon criticized Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) for commenting over the weekend that she has "very little tolerance" for people who graduate college with hefty student loans," The Hill's Floor Action Blog reports. "Speaking on the House floor, Courtney said Congress has less than three months to act before the interest rates on Stafford Loans double, which would add another five to ten thousand dollars in costs for people carrying those student loans. Courtney did not mention Foxx by name, but said: 'Incredibly, the chair of the Subcommittee for Higher Education spoke last week in North Carolina and said, 'I have very little tolerance for people who tell me they graduate with $200,000 in debt or even $80,000 of debt.' Really? It is a sad statement when today's Republican party turns its back on a program that helps millions of Americans fulfill their dreams, and that is named after a Republican Senator, Robert Stafford of Vermont,' Courtney said."

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