Ocasio-Cortez presses Biden on student debt: ‘Doesn’t need Manchin’s permission for that’
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) blasted President Biden on student loan debt Thursday amid deep cuts to his Build Back Better spending bill, taking a dig at Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) in the process.
“I think given how much BBB has been slashed, there is more opportunity than ever to bring the heat on Biden to cancel student loans,” she said in an Instagram story.
“He doesn’t need Manchin’s permission for that, and now that his agenda is thinly sliced, he needs to step up his executive action game and show his commitment to deliver for people,” Ocasio-Cortez added.
In the negotiations over the social spending and climate change bill, Manchin and fellow centrist Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) have proven difficult to get on board with several of their party’s priorities.
In the process, the bill has shrunk from its original $3.5 trillion price tag to $1.75 trillion.
The debate around student loan debt has quieted in recent months as student loan payments are on pause from the pandemic, but it is expected to erupt again when payments are supposed to resume in February.
Top Democrats such as Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) have supported relieving $50,000 of debt for each student.
While Biden has floated the idea of alleviating some student debt through executive actions, little has been advanced in that area.
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