Republican lawmaker: Plan to #CancelStudentDebt 'is immoral'

Republican lawmaker: Plan to #CancelStudentDebt 'is immoral'
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Rep. Dan CrenshawDaniel CrenshawGun control group plans to spend million in Texas in 2020 Overnight Energy: Green groups to sue over Trump rollback of Obama water rules | GOP climate plan faces pushback from right | Bezos launches B climate initiative GOP climate plan faces pushback — from Republicans 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 SandersNevada Democratic debate draws record-breaking 19.7 million viewers 'Where's your spoon?' What we didn't learn in the latest debate Ocasio-Cortez defends Warren against 'misogynist trope' 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 OmarSanders wins endorsement of top Muslim group Omar endorses progressive Georgia Democrat running for House seat Tlaib says she held Omar's hand during 'triggering' moments at Trump's State of the Union speech MORE (D-Minn.) and Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalBand Portugal. The Man to join Sanders at campaign event in Tacoma Bloomberg builds momentum on Capitol Hill with new endorsements House Democrats' immigration bill would use tax dollars to import crime to America MORE (D-Wash.). Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez Ocasio-Cortez defends Warren against 'misogynist trope' Sanders nabs endorsement from Congressional Hispanic Caucus member Ocasio-Cortez defends Sanders running as a Democrat: It's 'more than what you call yourself' 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 WarrenWarren declines to disavow super PAC that supports her San Diego Union-Tribune endorses Buttigieg 'Where's your spoon?' What we didn't learn in the latest debate 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.