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McConnell, Boehner whack White House over veto threat

Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell accused the White House of playing politics with a student loan bill after the administration threatened to veto the GOP measure because it includes cuts to health care.

"If the President was more interested in solving this problem than in hearing the sound of his own voice or the applause of college students, all he’d have to do is pick up the phone and work it out with Congress," McConnell said in a statement provided to POLITICO. "We don’t want the interest rates on these loans to double in this economy. We don’t want today’s graduates to have to suffer any more than they already are as a result of this President’s failure to turn the economy around more than three years into office."

House Speaker John Boehner's office also fired off a statement criticizing the White House threat.

“The president is so desperate to fake a fight that he’s willing to veto a bill to help students over a slush fund that he advocated cutting in his own budget," Boehner's spkoesman Brendan Buck said in the statement. "It’s a[s] simple as this: Republicans are acting to help college students and the president is now getting in the way.”

The White House maintained in a statement Friday that the cuts that the GOP is using to pay for the extension of an interest rate cut for student loans would be detrimental to women's health.

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