To The Daily Sun,
This year Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Representative Carol Shea-Porter co-sponsored the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act that would have allowed refinancing of outstanding student loans at lower interest rates to make it easier for young graduates to buy a home or start a family.
The refinancing measures of this bill would be paid for by a small tax increase on those earning more than $1 million annually. But the bill was killed in the Senate where 60 out of 100 votes, rather than a simple majority, are often needed even to debate — let alone pass — a bill.
Sen. Shaheen and my Congresswoman Shea-Porter understand the financial needs of their constituents. They have worked for legislation that increased the size of federal Pell grants to low-income college students. They have also called for an increase in minimum wage that would help workers pay for higher education. Their unwavering commitment to protect Social Security and Medicare assure us of a secure future as we age.
Jeanne Shaheen and Carol Shea-Porter stand for New Hampshire values and fight for all of us. I am proud that they represent me and look forward to voting for them on Nov. 4.
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