Congress: Student loan bill passes the Senate

Politico: “A hard fought deal to keep student loan interest rates down cleared the Senate Wednesday on a 81-18 vote, despite strong opposition from liberal Democrats who believe it would make skyrocketing student debt even worse in the long run.”

Tim Alberta: “An emerging coalition of House Republicans is arguing that young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children constitute ‘a special protected class’ that should eventually be eligible for citizenship, an approach they say combines sound policy with smart politics. Conservatives remain adamant, however, that no such legislation be considered until a border-security bill is passed and tough enforcement triggers are in place.”

Of course, before the 2012 election and at the height of the Tea Party movement in 2010, the DREAM Act failed in the Senate because it couldn’t overcome a Republican filibuster.

It’s a point the L.A. Times alludes to: “Two years ago, House Republicans would not hear of the Dream Act, rejecting as a ‘nightmare’ the legislation to provide a path to citizenship for immigrants who were brought to the country as children and were here illegally as young adults. Now, they're taking a second look.”