Republican lawmaker: Plan to #CancelStudentDebt 'is immoral'

Republican lawmaker: Plan to #CancelStudentDebt 'is immoral'
© Greg Nash

Rep. Dan CrenshawDaniel CrenshawThe absurdity of President Trump picking the Democratic nominee Missouri Republican wins annual craft brewing competition for lawmakers Can Carl DeMaio save the California GOP? MORE (R-Texas) called a proposed plan by Democrats to cancel student debt is "immoral" Tuesday and said it places a burden on taxpayers who did not attend college. 

"When you say #cancelstudentdebt, you're saying a minority of people who had the advantage of obtaining a degree should have their debt paid off by hardworking taxpayers, 2/3 of whom don't have degrees themselves, or already paid their own student debt off," Crenshaw said. "This is immoral."

Crenshaw's comments came a day after Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders wishes Ocasio-Cortez happy birthday Video of fake Trump shooting members of media shown at his Miami resort: report Sanders can gain ground by zeroing in on corruption MORE (I-Vt.), a top-tier 2020 presidential candidate, rolled out legislation to cancel $1.6 trillion in outstanding student debt for 45 million borrowers. 

ADVERTISEMENT

The legislation is co-sponsored by Reps. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarNew California law bans school lunch debt shaming The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by USAA — Ex-Ukraine ambassador testifies Trump pushed for her ouster The Hill's Morning Report — Arrest of Giuliani associates triggers many questions MORE (D-Minn.) and Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalDemocrats see whistleblower report as smoking gun House Democrats say memo of Trump call bolsters impeachment case State Dept: Trump travel ban denied more than 31K people entry to US MORE (D-Wash.). Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezSanders wishes Ocasio-Cortez happy birthday Democrat launches primary challenge to Ocasio-Cortez Ocasio-Cortez fires back at Washington Times after story on her 'high-dollar hairdo' MORE (D-N.Y.) also backs the bill and spoke in favor of it at a press conference Monday. 

Sanders said the plan would be entirely funded by a Wall Street tax. 

"During the financial crisis, Wall Street received the largest taxpayer bailout in American history. Now it is Wall Street’s turn to help rebuild the disappearing middle class," Sanders tweeted Monday. 

The Hill has reached out to Sanders, Omar, Jayapal and Ocasio-Cortez for comment. 

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSanders can gain ground by zeroing in on corruption Biden praises Buttigieg for criticizing GOP attacks: 'That's a good man' Warren enters crucial debate with big momentum MORE (D-Mass.), a fellow progressive in the presidential primary, announced legislation to cancel student debt earlier this month. 

Warren's plan would forgive up to $50,000 in student loan debt for anyone with a total household income below $100,000. She's said a wealth tax would pay for the debt forgiveness.