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While meeting with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) earlier this week, Biden allegedly offered some vague hope that would positively impact the millions of Americans struggling to pay off their student loans.
I had a great meeting with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus yesterday afternoon. We’re working together to fix our broken immigration system, ensure the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is implemented equitably, and more. pic.twitter.com/EtzMSh4wtl
— President Biden (@POTUS) April 26, 2022
Lawmakers who were in attendance have shared that the president is considering wiping out a “significant” portion of federal student debt.
Rep. Tony Cárdenas, D-Calif., who was present at the meeting, revealed that — while Biden never mentioned a specific amount — he allegedly responded favorably to the idea of canceling around $10,000 per person.
“The president never mentioned an amount nor did the president say that he was going to wipe out all student debt,” Cárdenas noted. “He did a dialogue with us about the differential between young people who went to public schools or private schools, and we CHC members said he should focus on both. And he said, ‘Okay, good to know.'”
Cárdenas also shared that, when he mentioned that the CHC supports the cancellation of around $10,000 per borrower, Biden “smiled” and responded “‘You’re going to like what I do on that. I’m looking to do something on that, and I think you’re going to like what I do.'”
“I feel very confident that he is pushing on his team to do something, and to do something significant,” he added. “That’s my feeling.”
NBC News: President Biden discussed actions on student loan debt relief with Congressional Hispanic Caucus members. Biden “basically said you’re going to be happy with what I do about student loan debt relief,” one Congressional aide told @NBCNews.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) April 27, 2022
With the pause on student loan payments currently set to expire in about 4 months, the news comes as a hopeful signal to many.
However, it’s worth noting that — back before he was president — Biden made partial student loan cancellation a major focus within his campaign, so the matter’s been on the table for quite some time now.
Paying off your kids’ student loan debt can feel overwhelming. We need a president who understands that. pic.twitter.com/VnCrEGh5mx
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 29, 2019
The relief bill passed by Congress was a good start, but now we need to:
– Forgive at least $10,000 of student loan debt per person
– Provide emergency paid sick leave to everyone who needs it
– Ensure no one has to pay for COVID-19 treatment or an eventual vaccine
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) March 27, 2020
“As Americans continue to return to the workforce more than two years since the pandemic began, it is time for borrowers to resume repayment of student debt obligation,” John Thune, R-S.D., said in a statement. “Taxpayers and working families should not be responsible for continuing to bear the costs associated with this suspension of repayment.”
“This common-sense legislation would protect taxpayers and prevent President Biden from suspending federal student loan repayments in perpetuity,” he added.
On the other end of the spectrum, progressive lawmakers held a rally outside the White House earlier today in order to urge Biden to wipe out all student loan debt, not merely the speculated $10,000 per person.
“The Progressive Caucus has been pushing for a year-and-a-half since this president came into office to say, ‘President Biden, you have the opportunity to make a difference for 45 million Americans across this country by canceling student debt,'” Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., told rally-goers. “Let’s go get this done, let’s keep up the organizing, and let’s bring relief to our economy because our economy will grow when we cancel this student debt and bring relief to our families across the country.”
What do you think about the matter?