President Obama talked to a group of college students in Washington, D.C. today about why we need to pressure Congress to stop student loan rates from doubling—before the clock runs out on students and families:
There’s still 10 days for Congress to do the right thing. I understand that members of both parties say they want to get this done, and there are conversations taking place, but they haven’t done it yet. And we’ve got to keep the pressure on.
That’s where all of you come in. Over the past few months, there are so many students and parents who have been working hard to shine a light on this issue. You’ve rallied on campuses, in your communities. You’ve called, you’ve emailed, you’ve tweeted your representatives in Washington. So you’ve played your part in making sure your voice is heard and your democracy is responsive.
My main message is, as you guys embark on this day of action, I want to make sure you keep this going. Don’t stop until it’s actually done. There is nothing more powerful than millions of voices that are calling for change, and all of your voices can make a difference. So keep telling Congress to do what’s right, to get this done. Tell them now is not the time to double interest rates on your student loans. Tell them to double down on an investment in a strong and secure middle class—and that means your education. Tell them now is the time to double down on an America where everybody who works hard has a fair shot at success.
Make your voice heard: Use the hashtag #DontDoubleMyRate on Twitter to tell Congress to keep student loan rates from rising.
A version of this was posted June 21 on the national blog.