Rep. Pramila Jayapal: Canceling student debt is ‘racial justice’, ‘gender justice’, ‘economic justice’


Progressive MP Pramila Jayapal claimed on Twitter that canceling student debt is a form of racial, gender and economic justice.

“Student debt forgiveness is racial justice, student debt forgiveness is gender justice, student debt forgiveness is economic justice,” the Washington state Democrat tweeted on Saturday. .

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., speaks to reporters as she exits a House Democratic Progressive Caucus meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik/AP Newsroom)

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Jayapal has been a strong supporter of canceling all student debt and posted earlier this week that it would help “narrow the racial wealth gap”.

Jayapal too post a link to a poll that found a majority of Americans support student loan debt forgiveness.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) (AP Newsroom)

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The Biden administration is expected to freeze federal student loan payments through August 31, extending a moratorium that allowed millions of Americans to defer payments during the coronavirus pandemic, according to an administration official familiar with the situation. White House decision making.

Student loan repayments were due to resume on May 1 after being halted since the start of the pandemic. But following calls from Democrats in Congress, the White House plans to give borrowers additional time to prepare for payments.

Democrats on the House and Senate education panels recently urged President Biden to extend the moratorium through the end of the year, citing continued economic dislocation.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash. speaks during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on the constitutional grounds for the impeachment of President Trump in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik/AP Newsroom)

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki mentioned during a press briefing earlier this month that the Biden administration did “not rule out” canceling student loan debt on a “large scale” via executive action.

More than 43 million Americans owe a combined $1.6 trillion in student debt held by the federal government, according to the latest data from the Department of Education. This includes more than 7 million borrowers who have defaulted on their student loans, which means they are at least 270 days late.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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