US President-elect Joe Biden will not go out of his way to cancel $50,000 in student loan debt by executive action amid the pandemic, ignoring calls from some of the top Democrats to do so.
While speaking to journalists on Wednesday Biden prefaced his response to the student loan forgiveness plan by saying: “I’m going to get in trouble for saying this.” He then went on to call the idea of canceling it via executive powers “pretty questionable,” adding, “I’m unsure of that. I’d be unlikely to do that.”
The president-elect’s comment appears to be an outright dismissal of the plan championed by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and also Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) in the House.
Asking for cancelling up to $50,000 in debt for federal student loan borrowers, @SenSchumer is joined this morning by congressmen-elect @RitchieTorres @MondaireJones and -via iPad- @JamaalBowmanNY. They say president-elect @JoeBiden can do it executively once he’s sworn in. @NY1 pic.twitter.com/UnMG7KrTUY
— Juan Manuel Benítez (@JuanMaBenitez) December 7, 2020
Black and Brown students go to college because they believe it’s the surest path to build a future. They worked hard, did everything right, and often had no choice but to borrow loans. But student debt is a giant roadblock between them and building wealth. #CancelStudentDebt
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) December 4, 2020
The Biden-Harris Admin can cancel student debt with the stroke of a pen by Exec. Action on Day 1, that is also what I am org. for. I totally respect your lack of faith. All I can do is keep working hard & fighting back to restore it. Doing nothing certainly isn’t an option.
— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) December 14, 2020
The former vice president appears to have correctly assumed he was going to receive backlash for his comment. After reading it, Twitter users were already becoming disappointed with the administration that before the election was often described as having “the most progressive platform.”
“The awkward moment when we have a better chance of getting Trump to cancel student debt than Biden,” one person quipped, referring to the fact that Biden was supposedly going to be a left-wing replacement for Donald Trump.
how it started how it’s going pic.twitter.com/DdjbZZ33ys
— ☀️👀 (@zei_squirrel) December 24, 2020
The awkward moment when he have a better chance of getting Trump to cancel student debt than Biden.
— America The Ghetto (@LizzMurr56) December 24, 2020
Dammit. If he can’t even do that, he won’t do anything. Worse than I thought, and I was only in favor of him because he wasn’t Trump.
— David Lewis (@DavidLewis61) December 24, 2020
Not surprised. We didn’t want Biden anyway. We just didn’t have a legitimate choice either.
— Stella Starfield 🌹🇵🇷🏳️⚧️ (@StarfieldStella) December 24, 2020
Before telling journalists he disagreed with Warren and Schumer, during the same press event Biden spoke in favor of canceling $10,000 in student debt amid the pandemic.
Biden reiterates his support for canceling $10,000 in student debt amid the pandemic.
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) December 23, 2020
Biden’s rejection of progressive executive action came after earlier this month his virtual meeting with US civil rights leaders made headlines for similar reasons. During the sit-down, the president-elect was uninterested in the idea of using executive action to alleviate racial justice issues and dismissed concerns around a perceived lack of African-American representation in his cabinet.
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