Schumer en Focus On Women, Families Propels New York's Sen. Gillibrand Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York is introducing legislation with other lawmakers Thursday that would change how the military handles sexual assault cases. The proposal would let military prosecutors — rather than commanders — decide whether to bring serious military crimes to trial.<p>It's the latest high-publicity move for a senator who was virtually unknown four years ago when she was appointed to fill Hillary Clinton's senate seat. Thu, 16 May 2013 13:16:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 37919 at Focus On Women, Families Propels New York's Sen. Gillibrand Schumer defends lower student loan rates <p><strong><a href="">Federal Stafford Loans</a></strong> allow students to defer student loan&nbsp;payments while attending school full-time. Although current interest rates hold at 3.4%, they are set to double on July 1st as a result of the expiration of the 2007 College Cost Reduction and Access Act.</p><p>Speaking on the steps of <strong><a href="">Syracuse University</a></strong> on Monday, <strong><a href="">Senator Schumer</a></strong> pledged to put his weight behind a bill to keep student loans at their current rate for another year.</p><p>&quot;It is now a greater burden than almost any other lending burden around,&quot;&nbsp;Schumer said. &quot;For the federal goverment to charge 6.8 percent at a time when interest rates are so low, is almost highway robbery.&quot; Tue, 17 Apr 2012 14:52:42 +0000 Durrie Lawrence 17728 at Schumer defends lower student loan rates