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.
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. Now, she's on some lists for possible candidates for vice president — even president.
Federal Stafford Loans allow students to defer student loan 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.
Speaking on the steps of Syracuse University on Monday, Senator Schumer pledged to put his weight behind a bill to keep student loans at their current rate for another year.
"It is now a greater burden than almost any other lending burden around," Schumer said. "For the federal goverment to charge 6.8 percent at a time when interest rates are so low, is almost highway robbery."