Trump Education Department official to run for Senate, call for student debt forgiveness: report

Trump Education Department official to run for Senate, call for student debt forgiveness: report
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A Department of Education appointee tasked with overseeing federal student loans reportedly plans to resign Thursday and run as a Republican for a Senate seat in Georgia on a platform of canceling most outstanding student debt. 

A. Wayne Johnson, who was named chief operating officer of the Office of Federal Student Aid in 2017 by Education Secretary Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosFree college won't revive the liberal arts Klobuchar rolls out seven-figure ad buy in Nevada Five things to watch in Trump's budget proposal MORE, later switched to the position of chief strategy and transformation officer.


He reportedly plans to run in the Republican primary to succeed Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonLoeffler releases new ad targeting Sanders's 'socialism' House Freedom Caucus chairman endorses Collins's Georgia Senate bid Progressive group backs Senate candidates in Georgia, Iowa MORE (R-Ga.), who will retire Dec. 31.

Johnson will propose forgiveness of up to $50,000 for anyone with outstanding federal student loan debt, which would wipe out about 37 million people’s entire balances, according to The Wall Street Journal.

“We run through the process of putting this debt burden on somebody … but it rides on their credit files — it rides on their back — for decades,” Johnson said, noting that under current repayment trends, large portions of student debt will never be repaid. “The time has come for us to end and stop the insanity.”

He would also propose a tax credit of up to $50,000 for those who have already repaid their debt, proposing to pay for the cancellations with a 1 percent tax on corporate earnings.

The proposals are at odds with DeVos herself, who recently blasted Democratic presidential candidates who have called for sweeping student-debt cancellations.

“Their proposals are crazy. ... Who do they think is actually going to pay for these? It’s going to be 2 of the 3 Americans that aren’t going to college paying for the 1 out of 3 that do,” she told Fox News last week.