**FILE** Democratic Sens. Jack Reed (left), of Rhode Island, and Tom Harkin (center), of Iowa, meet June 6, 2012, with college interns on Capitol Hill in Washington as they call for action on averting a July 1 doubling of interest rates on federal college loans for students. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Democratic Sens. Jack Reed (left), of Rhode Island, and Tom Harkin (center), of Iowa, meet June 6, 2012, with college interns on Capitol Hill in Washington as they call for action on averting a July 1 doubling of interest rates on federal college loans for students. (Associated Press)