Omar led the letter addressed to both Biden and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona calling on the administration to release the memo Cardona sent the president regarding the cancelation of student debt by Oct. 22.
“President Biden can cancel student debt with the flick of a pen,” 奥马尔 发推文 在周五. “今天, we are calling on the Administration to release the memo on student debt cancellation and [cancel student debt].”
Pointing to White House chief of staff Ron Klain saying in April that the memo would be released in a matter of “周,” the lawmakers said over “six months” have passed and that it was time “to release the memo and cancel student debt.”
“Federal student debt can be canceled with the ‘flick of your pen,’” the lawmakers claimed in their letter. “This authority is already being put to use, as it is currently being used to cancel the interest owned on all federally-held student loans.”
“Now it is the time for you to honor your campaign pledge and use this authority to cancel all student debt,” 他们写.
The progressive group also asserted that the existence of student debt at all “is a policy failure.”
“Even during times of economic normalcy, student debt is a policy failure,” 他们写. “Turning student debt payments back on in the middle of a pandemic is an act of policy failure.”
“Cancelling student debt is both the morally right and economically sound thing to do,” they concluded the letter.
众议院议长南希·佩洛西, D-Calif。, said earlier this year that the president does not have the power to unilaterally cancel student debt through an executive order, and that doing so would require an act of Congress.
Biden and his predecessor both used the Higher Education Act of 1965 to pause federal student loan payments during the COVID-19 pandemic, but whether the president could broadly cancel debt remains unclear.
Neither the White House or Department of Education immediately provided comment to Fox News on the letter.
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