WASHINGTON – Republican Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker of Tennessee disagreed Wednesday about allowing debate on the refinancing of older student loans, legislation that would have been paid for with new taxes on millionaires.
On a cloture motion, Alexander voted against letting the bill advance to the Senate floor. Corker supported the motion, which fell just four votes shy of the 60 votes needed to end the filibuster. The tally was 56-38, with six not voting.
It’s the second time in less than two months the two lawmakers have disagreed on a major vote. In April they split on a cloture motion related to an increase in the minimum wage. Alexander voted against cloture on that bill as well, while Corker said increasing family incomes was an issue in need of debate.
President Barack Obama favored the student-loan legislation, sponsored by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. The White House held several events earlier this week to call attention to it and released a stream of information on student-loan indebtedness.
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