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Republican lawmaker: Plan to #CancelStudentDebt 'is immoral'

Republican lawmaker: Plan to #CancelStudentDebt 'is immoral'
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Rep. Dan CrenshawDaniel CrenshawChanging suburbs threaten GOP hold on Texas Biden, Democrats see late opportunity in Texas Dan Crenshaw releases Hollywood-type action movie trailer 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 hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' Trump's debate performance was too little, too late Final debate: War Admiral vs. Seabiscuit 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. 

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The legislation is co-sponsored by Reps. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarProgressive lawmakers call for United Nations probe into DHS 'human rights abuses' Ocasio-Cortez hits Trump for 'disrespect' over calling her AOC during debates Trump says he doesn't actually want Whitmer, Biden and Obama to be locked up despite chants MORE (D-Minn.) and Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalOcasio-Cortez, progressives call on Senate not to confirm lobbyists or executives to future administration posts Pocan won't seek another term as Progressive Caucus co-chair Poll shows Biden leading Trump, tight House race in key Nebraska district MORE (D-Wash.). Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezProgressive lawmakers call for United Nations probe into DHS 'human rights abuses' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Democrats play defense, GOP goes on attack after Biden oil comments | Energy Dept. exempts quick dishwashers from existing efficiency standards | Ocasio-Cortez says having Green New Deal would have helped handle COVID-19 pandemic Ocasio-Cortez says Biden vote can be 'tactical' effort to support marginalized communities 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 WarrenFinal debate: War Admiral vs. Seabiscuit Biden defends his health plan from Trump attacks Progressives blast Biden plan to form panel on Supreme Court reform 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.