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Rubio and Nelson split votes on student loan issue

Senate Republicans today blocked a Democratic plan to extend low interest rates on student loans by closing some tax loopholes, setting off the latest partisan skirmish on Capitol Hill. Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio joined his colleagues while Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson supported the plan.

"I have #studentloan, support keeping interest rate low. But don't need #job killing #tax increase to do it," Rubio tweeted, adding it was a "false choice." (Rubio wrote on Foxnews.com that he still has $100,000 in student loans and pays $700 a month.)

House Republicans have proposed paying for the Stafford loan extension by taking money from a health care fund. Democrats say no way and accused Rubio and fellow Republicans of bowing again to Grover Norquist.

Neither side wants to alienate young voters so something will likely be worked out. Below, Rubio's video statement.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 1:58am]

    

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