WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement marking the enactment of a bipartisan House-Senate agreement to reform federal infrastructure programs and stop student loan rates from doubling:
“While not perfect, this bipartisan agreement has important reforms to ensure taxpayer dollars go toward high-priority infrastructure projects, not bike paths and beautification. It cuts red tape, gives states more flexibility, and – consistent with the House ban – has no earmarks whatsoever. And with half of recent college graduates jobless or underemployed, the bill also stops student loan rates from doubling.
“Unfortunately, President Obama and Senate Democrats continue to block the popular Keystone XL energy project and the tens of thousands of jobs it would create. As today’s jobs report showed, we can’t afford missed opportunities like this. The House has voted to move Keystone forward and Republicans are going to keep fighting for this common-sense proposal.”
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