Biden’s student loan handout: Senate should just say no. Here’s why
The White House was demanding Congress lift the debt limit with no preconditions. President Biden says it’s about “paying our bills,” which would be true if the administration was not actively trying to add hundreds of billions to the tab. Perhaps the most egregious example is the Biden administration’s student loan schemes, which the Congressional Budget Office estimates will cost taxpayers close to $600 billion.
This week, the Senate will vote on our Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval to block President Biden’s loan transfer and the repayment pause.
It is important to note his student debt “forgiveness” plan does not actually forgive or cancel debt. It only transfers the burden from those who willingly chose to take out debt to attend college to those who chose not to go to college or already worked to pay off their loans. Making these taxpayers responsible for the debts of others is as irresponsible as it is unfair.
The CBO estimates this blanket debt transfer will cost $400 billion. Much of that will benefit wealthier families making up to $250,000 a year.
Meanwhile, what about the man who skipped college but is paying off the loan on his work truck, or the woman who worked her way through school and is now struggling to pay off her mortgage under Biden’s economy? Instead of debt relief, this administration will force them to pick up the bill. It is unfair that President Biden would punish them because their debts simply look different from those of his preferred class.
Additionally, the Biden administration has extended the student loan repayment pause six times, long after the original, pandemic lockdown rationale. Costing $5 billion per month, the continued pause has cost the American people $195 billion so far.
These policies are unfair to the ordinary Americans, 87% of whom have no student loans, who will now have to carry the financial burden of someone else’s student debt.
This is about fairness. We hope all of our colleagues will join us to pass this CRA resolution and stand up for the families who will receive none of the benefit but will have to pay the bill for these irresponsible, unfair policies.
As the debt clock continues to climb, Republicans and Democrats must work together to get our financial house in order. The president’s original position of no preconditions to raising the debt ceiling was untenable. For the last two years, his administration has put trillions on the country’s credit card. Now it’s actively trying to spend trillions more with these student loan schemes alone costing over $600 billion and counting.
It’s time to reign in the spending. Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., came to the negotiating table in good faith to work out a deal that is best for all Americans. We urge President Biden to do the same.
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