Radical ‘Squad’ Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) plead with Democrat President Joe Biden to push hard on student loan debt cancellation ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. AOC told the New Yorker that in her opinion, a Democrat cancellation of student debt is critical if they are to have “any chance” at retaining power in the 2022 midterm elections.
AOC slammed the Biden Administration’s “hesitancy” when it comes to using taxpayer money to alleviate growing student loan debt. She said that Democrats across the country rely on the student bloc for support, and giving them a handout is necessary for the Democrat victory strategy.
“I can’t underscore how much the hesitance of the Biden administration to pursue student-loan cancellation has demoralized a very critical voting block that the President, the House, and the Senate need in order to have any chance at preserving our majority.”
AOC criticized Biden for failing to use executive power to get the job done, going so far as to suggest that Biden hasn’t “us[ed] his executive power to the extent that some would say is necessary.”
“This really isn’t a conversation about providing relief to a small, niche group of people,” AOC continued. “It’s very much a keystone action politically. I think it’s a keystone action economically as well.”
Other Democrats like Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) have also called on Biden to cancel as much as $50,000 in student loan debt via an executive order.
Radical associate of AOC and fellow Squad member Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) recently equivocated current student debt policy to “violence”
Let’s make it plain: student debt is policy violence.
We’ll keep fighting to relieve families across the country, to make sure our policies & budgets reflect their lived experiences & that we build this grassroots movement to #CancelStudentDebt together🧵
— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) December 17, 2021
When Biden was on campaign, he promised to deliver a minimum of $10,000 per student in “immediate relief” upon becoming president. He added that a key element in his administration would be forgiving student debt for middle and low-income people who owe money to public universities and colleges.
Additionally, we should forgive a minimum of $10,000/person of federal student loans, as proposed by Senator Warren and colleagues. Young people and other student debt holders bore the brunt of the last crisis. It shouldn't happen again.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) March 22, 2020
After entering office, Biden admitted that he wouldn’t be able to issue the $50,000 in loan forgiveness that Democrats were banking on, only the $10,000 he initially promised. However, in December, at the end of the COVID-19 era pause on federal student loan payments, debtors were expected to start making monthly payments again, disappointing many of Biden’s allies.
638,000 people have received student loan forgiveness under the Biden Administration & their lives have improved!
But let me get this straight: for the other 98.6% of borrowers, payments are turning on next month w/o any forgiveness at all? Not even the $10k?
This will be bad.
— Mckayla Wilkes for Congress (@MeetMckayla) December 13, 2021
Author: Andrea Janes