House Democrats recently passed the Build Back Better Act, President Joe Biden’s signature spending bill with investments in key progressive causes like child care, health care and renewable energy.
While lawmakers are celebrating the passage of the trillion-dollar bill, some progressives have used this victory as a platform to again push Biden to cancel federal student loan debt.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) said on Twitter that passing Build Back Better “is a major step,” but that it’s “time to cancel at least $50,000 of student debt per borrower and get people the relief they need.”
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Jayapal wasn’t the only Democrat to bring attention to the issue of student loan debt. Georgia Rep. Nikema Williams added that she “won’t stop fighting to #CancelStudentDebt” in a Twitter post on Saturday.
Despite repeated calls to forgive student loans from high-profile lawmakers like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), it’s unclear whether Biden will cancel federal student loan debt — or even whether he has the authority to do so.