Dozens of congressional Democrats including Sanders last month urged Biden to release an Education Department memo the president requested outlining his authority to cancel student debt. The Education Department has reportedly had the memo since April last year.
In addition to calls from progressive lawmakers, economic justice groups like the Debt Collective continue to push Biden wipe out student debt—a call that’s gained increased urgency with the pause on student loan payments set to end May 1.
“Student debt is at $1.8 trillion. It will never be paid back, and we don’t mean that rhetorically,” the group said in a Thurday tweet. “The Department of Education literally knows the money cannot be paid back—it balloons too quickly and no one can afford it. It’s impossible. So just wipe it off the books, @POTUS.”
The Debt Collective is also among the groups behind an April day of action in the nation’s capitol centered on the message: “Pick up the Pen, Joe. Cancel student debt for all 45 million Americans.”
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