“We will engage directly with federal student loan borrowers to ensure they have the resources they need and are in the appropriate repayment plan.”
The Biden administration has announced that the extension on student loan payments is coming to an end. Loan payments are going to come due again starting on February 1st of 2022.
This is a pet issue for progressive Democrats and they are not happy about the decision.
Zack Friedman reports at Forbes:
Biden Won’t Extend Student Loan Relief And Confirms Student Loan Payments Restart February 1
The Biden administration won’t extend student loan relief and confirmed student loan payments restart February 1, 2022.
Here’s what you need to know.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed to reporters during a press briefing that the Biden administration won’t extend student loan relief — and the student loan payment pause will end January 31, 2022. (No, Biden won’t extend student loan relief again). Here are some highlights from her comments:
- “In the coming weeks, we will release more details about our plans”
- “We will engage directly with federal student loan borrowers to ensure they have the resources they need and are in the appropriate repayment plan.”
- “We are still assessing the impact of the Omicron variant.”
- “A smooth transition back into repayment is a high priority for the administration.”
- “The Department of Education is already communicating with borrowers to help them to help to prepare for return to repayment on February 1.”
- “41 million borrowers have benefitted from the extended student loan payment pause, but it expires February 1, so right now we’re just making a range of preparations.”
Elizabeth Warren and other Democrats have been practically begging Biden not to do this.
FOX Business reports:
In a Wednesday letter addressed to the White House, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., warned that millions of families could be hurt financially and that the economy’s recovery from the pandemic imperiled if Biden does not extend the federal government’s pause on student loan payments.
The lawmakers cited an analysis conducted by the Roosevelt Institute, a progressive think tank, showing that resuming student-loan payments in less than two months will “strip” 18 million borrowers of $7.12 billion a month and $85.48 billion annually over the next year…
“To prevent the student debt crisis from dragging down on our economic recovery, undermining the effectiveness of the American Rescue Plan, and causing unnecessary pain and stress for American families, we strongly urge you to extend the pause on student loan payments and interest and act to cancel student debt,” they wrote in the letter.
Warren urged Biden to cancel student debt during an appearance on CNN this week:
— The Chat (@LiveOnTheChat) December 10, 2021
Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri is already blaming this decision for the outcome of the 2022 midterms:
A note to Democrats who blame progressives after losing an election:
Forcing millions to start paying student loans again and cutting off the Child Tax Credit at the start of an election year is not a winning strategy.
We're warning you now, don't point fingers in November.
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) December 13, 2021
Democrats had reason to be hopeful about this:
October 2020: “I’m gonna eliminate a lot of your student debt… I’m gonna make sure everybody in this generation gets 10k knocked off of their student debt” pic.twitter.com/DgnVEIykmf
— Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) December 13, 2021
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