The Senate rejected a move to restore lower interest rates on some new federal student loans on Tuesday. Forty-nine senators voted against the bill.
On July 1, following congressional inaction, the rates on some new loans doubled from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. This was the first effort to reverse that spike, which is expected to hit about 7 million students returning to college in the fall with an extra $1,000 over the life of the loan. If no further action is taken to reverse the increase, the typical incoming freshman could pay about $4,000 more in interest to pay off four years' worth of subsidized Stafford loans.
Below, the Twitter and Facebook contact information of every senator who voted "nay" on the measure to lower student loan rates. (Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) also voted "nay," but did so for procedural reasons, so that he could enter a motion to reconsider the vote at a later point):