Rubio Discusses Student Loans On The Senate Floor Rubio: "The interest rate is a problem. Not having a job is a catastrophe. The interest rate could be zero, but if you don't have a job how are you going to pay it?
is not. The interest rate is a problem. Not having a job is a catastrophe. The interest rate could be zero, but if you donít have a job how are you going to pay it? And thatís the number one issue facing these graduates, and no one is doing anything about it.
Now what I would suggest, if this was a place that was really working to solve problems. What we would have done, what we would do right now is stop this process, go back there somewhere, get a few people that know how to solve this together, and come back here. I guarantee you that if we decide we want to solve it, it wonít take long.
Hereís what else I guarantee you: This is going to get solved. You mark my words. A few weeks from now, theyíll come up with a deal, or a bill that will have enough votes to pass the House and Senate, and this will get solved. But not before we score political points, right? This will get solved, but not before the people that care more about politics than policy score their political points on this issue.
Now look, Iíve been around politics. I understand that this is an election year and election year stuff is going to happen. But why are we playing with the lives of real people? These are real people that are hurting here and their lives, and their experiences and their worries are being used as a pawn in a political game and itís wrong.
Iíll make another prediction for you. Next week it will be another wedge issue of the week. Next week, we will be right back here debating another bill that was designed to fail on purpose so we can give another weekís worth of talking points on yet another issue.
The good news is the people in this city unfortunately think theyíre smarter than they really are. People back home know all this. They can see it for what it is. People arenít dumb. The American people certainly arenít dumb. They can see right through this stuff and they understand exactly whatís happening here. So my suggestion would be that, on this issue, letís come together. Letís say this is one of those issues that is so important, that impacts so many people in such a significant way that it should be above politics. Letís get together over the next 48 hours. It doesnít sound like this place is overworked. If you look around the room here, what are we doing all week? Whatís going on all week? We voted on a few judges and weíve given a bunch of speeches. Why donít we go somewhere and get a group of people to work on this issue and come back with a solution? This can be solved, but whatís going on now is a disservice to the people who sent us here, they deserve better, they really do.