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Congressional Progressive Caucus Deputy Chair Ilhan Omar Applauds President Biden’s Student Debt Relief Proposal

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In a recent statement, Congressional Progressive Caucus Deputy Chair Ilhan Omar (MN-05) expressed support for the Biden administration’s newly unveiled plans for student debt relief. While acknowledging that the proposal falls short of universal student debt cancellation, Omar commended the administration for taking bold steps to address the ongoing student debt crisis affecting millions of Americans.

The proposed rule, which response to requests made by several progressive leaders including CPC Chair Jayapal, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Representative Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), aims to provide relief to a significant portion of the student loan burden.

Under the administration’s plan, approximately 25 million borrowers would see their interest balances automatically canceled, with 23 million likely to have their entire balance growth forgiven. This includes the cancellation of up to $20,000 of accrued interest for borrowers enrolled in income-driven repayment plans.

Furthermore, the proposal would automatically cancel debt for around 2 million borrowers who are eligible for relief through programs like the SAVE plan or Public Service Loan Forgiveness but have not successfully applied. It would also provide debt cancellation for borrowers who have been in repayment for 20 years for undergraduate loans and 25 years for graduate school loans, regardless of their repayment plan.

Additionally, student debt associated with institutions or programs that lost eligibility due to misconduct or closure would be canceled, along with debt for borrowers facing significant hardships such as medical debt or childcare expenses.

Omar hailed these plans as potentially transformative for millions of Americans grappling with student loan debt, emphasizing the urgent need for swift action. While she pledged to continue advocating for universal student debt cancellation, she underscored the significance of the administration’s proposal in providing immediate relief to those in need.

If implemented, these measures could alleviate the financial burden on countless individuals and families, marking a significant milestone in the ongoing battle against student debt.


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