Talking about how House Republicans agreed not to raise student loan interest rates .. but only if they're allowed to cut spending on women's preventive healthcare to finance the costs. The White House balked, but the GOP didn't care .. the Republican bill passed, 215 to 195, largely along party lines.
When Democratic lawmakers pointed out that the cuts would be from women's health - cancer screening, etc. - Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) threw a little hissy fit on the House floor during the debate .. pouted and pounded the podium .. denying any Republican "war on women" .. I guess because Democrats are shining a little sunlight on the "war."
Well well, if Speaker Boehner is super touchy about women thinking that Republican policies have a negative impact on women .. I'd advise him that the best way to change that is to stop proposing policies that have a negative impact on women.
These cuts would mean that hundreds of thousands of women wouldn't have access to breast cancer and cervical cancer screenings .. and tens of thousands of their children would lose access to immunizations, etc.
Rather than thinking of the good of the country and trying to help students, Boehner's caucus decided to play a cheap little game .. they'll keep interest rates low only if they take funding from the Prevention and Public Health Fund .. which has nothing to do with student loans.
Ah, but anything to make President Obama look bad .. Boehner and the Righties are trying to force Democrats to anger either women or students.
And BTW - I am puzzled about why it's OK to allow big banks to borrow from the Fed at 1% or 2%, but it's not OK for students to borrow at 3%?