Today the Senate tried to take a vote that would extend the interest rates of for student loans to 3.4% instead of doubling to 6.8%. Thune said, "Nope, I don't want to vote for that. Let the rates go up and stay there. Who cares about the fact that middle class South Dakotans will have to pay up to a $1,000 a year more in student loan to be able to go to school. That's chump change, right? I mean, if they can't afford it then they don't deserve to go to college. They can work for $10 an hour in a lot of manufacturing jobs right here in South Dakota!"
Okay, he didn't say that exactly. In fact, he released nothing about why he voted to not allow a bill to keep loan rates where they currently are. Tim Johnson decided that people would like to know where he stands with 35,000 college students in SD: