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White House backs student loan compromise

Published: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 11:18 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 11:23 a.m. CDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is urging Congress to pass a bipartisan compromise on student loans that would offer lower interest rates for the next few years.

The White House on Tuesday released a statement urging swift passage of the deal, negotiated over the last few weeks by Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina. Under the deal, interest rates would be linked to the financial markets.

Interest rates on subsidized Stafford loans doubled to 6.8 percent on July 1 because Congress did not act. Lawmakers say the rate is unacceptably high but they differ on how best to restore them.

Lawmakers this week are expected to consider the bipartisan fix, which would overhaul the entire federal student lending program.

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