Cambridge city officials pass resolution calling on Biden to cancel student loan debt

The city council of Cambridge, Mass., called on President BidenJoe BidenFirst lady leaves Walter Reed after foot procedure Biden backs effort to include immigration in budget package MyPillow CEO to pull ads from Fox News MORE to formulate a plan within his first 100 days in office to cancel all student loan debt using executive authority, a call that comes as demands for action have increased among congressional Democrats.

A resolution passed Tuesday by the council urges Biden to cancel nearly $2 trillion dollars worth of student loan debt, which it noted was disproportionately held by students who are Black, Latino, indigenous or members of other underprivileged groups.

Such a move, the resolution declared, would be "only one step toward the establishment of an equitable, accessible higher education system" in America.

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"Cancelling student loan debt and eliminating debt in higher education represents an enormous economic opportunity to increase spending in local communities including Cambridge, support individuals’ upward mobility, and provide a deeply needed stimulus during the pandemic," the resolution continued.

The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment.

Tuesday's passage of the resolution comes on the heels of a move by Philadelphia's city council, which voted in early March to pass a similar resolution introduced by the only member of the Working Families Party currently on the council.

"Cancelling student loan debt and eliminating debt in higher education represents an enormous economic opportunity for Philadelphia to increase spending in our local community, support individuals’ upward mobility, and provide a deeply needed stimulus during the pandemic," the Philadelphia resolution read.

Several Senate Democrats including Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenPelosi disputes Biden's power to forgive student loans Warren hits the airwaves for Newsom ahead of recall election Human rights can't be a sacrificial lamb for climate action MORE (D-Mass.) and Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerAn August ultimatum: No recess until redistricting reform is done Biden to meet with 11 Democratic lawmakers on DACA: report Schumer's moment to transform transit and deepen democracy MORE (D-N.Y.) called on the president this week to take advantage of a provision in the recently-passed COVID-19 relief package and eliminate student debt while forgiveness remains temporarily tax-free.

White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiOn The Money: Biden asks Congress to extend eviction ban with days until expiration | Economic growth rose to 6.5 percent annual rate in second quarter Biden calls on Congress to extend eviction ban with days until expiration Why in the world are White House reporters being told to mask up again? MORE said in February that Biden remains open to canceling up to $10,000 in student loan debt per person, but only through congressional legislation.

"The president has and continues to support canceling $10,000 of federal student loan debt per person as a response to the COVID crisis," she said.