Progressives ramp up pressure on Biden to forgive student loan debt

Progressives are ramping up the pressure on President Biden to forgive student debt relief as Education Secretary Miguel Cardona investigates the administration’s legal authority to cancel some of the $1.7 trillion in student loan debt.

“We gotta continue pushing for this until it happens. Thankful to our co-conspirators @AyannaPressley @SenSchumer and @ewarren for their efforts,” Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

“Canceling student loan debt is a matter of racial, economic, and generational justice. Rep. Pressley, [Massachusetts Attorney General Maura] Healey and I are urging President Biden to act. #CancelStudentDebt,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said last week after holding a press conference on the issue.

“President Biden can cancel up to $50,000 of student loan debt for the American people with the stroke of a pen. Let’s make it happen. #CancelStudentDebt,” Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., wrote on Twitter.

Even Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., joined in.

“Today would be a great day for President Biden and Vice President Harris to #CancelStudentDebt,” Schumer wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

The White House said Biden does not support debt relief above $10,000 for all borrowers.

“The president does not favor $50,000 in student loan relief without limitation,” a White House spokesperson told Fox News last week.

Any debt relief above $10,000 would have to be targeted, “based on the borrower’s income, based on the kind of debt in question,” the White House said.

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