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Sen. Warren And Rep. Cummings On Refinancing Federal Student Loans13:15
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. listens on Capitol Hill during the Senate Aging Committee hearing to examine older Americans and student loan debt. (Lauren Victoria Burke/AP)
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. listens on Capitol Hill during the Senate Aging Committee hearing to examine older Americans and student loan debt. (Lauren Victoria Burke/AP)
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Here's a figure: $1.3 trillion. That's the total amount of student loan debt in this country.

And here's another figure: 1 million. That's the number of people who have fallen behind on their student loan payments, just in the last year.

Last week, Massachusetts Sen. Warren pushed for an amendment to a budget bill that would allow students to refinance their federal loans and cut their interest rates from as high as 10 percent to less than 4 percent. To pay for her plan, millionaires would be required to pay at least a 30 percent federal tax rate. Senate Republicans blocked that amendment, but Warren is still making her case.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, senior U.S. senator from Massachusetts. She tweets @SenWarren.

Rep. Elijah Cummings, U.S. representative for Maryland's 7th congressional district. He tweets @RepCummings.

Mitchell Weiss, executive in residence at the University of Hartford and co-founder of the Center for Personal Financial Responsibility.

This segment aired on April 2, 2015.

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