(House of Representatives - May 23, 2013)

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  (Mrs. ELLMERS asked and was given permission to address the House for 
1 minute.)
  Mrs. ELLMERS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of H.R. 1911, the 
Smarter Solutions for Students Act.
  Ever since 2006, student loan interest rates have been set by 
Congress through legislation. As I'm sure all of us remember, about 1 
year ago we were affected by the artificially low interest rates that 
were ready to expire. But instead of finding a viable solution, 
Congress temporarily extended the rates and put off a permanent 
decision for another year.
  Now, here we are again. And if we do nothing, we will be here in the 
same exact place again with the fight again at the expense of our 
college students. Congress should not be in the business of setting 
interest rates, and H.R. 1911 fixes this problem and prevents Congress 
from playing political games with our young Americans' future.
  The college experience has always been a large part of the American 
Dream. We want the best for our children. We want them to have the 
opportunity to pursue a college education and create a better life for 
themselves. We owe it to our younger generation. We owe it to those 
high school seniors. And I believe that this bill will take care of 
that issue.