(PatriotWise.com)- New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is pushing forward a new resolution in the House that asks President Joe Biden to cancel federal student debt through executive action.
Democrats had originally tried to put that as part of their massive social spending bill, but it fell flat and was ultimately kept out.
Since the start of the pandemic, federal student loan payments were put on pause to help people with mounting financial obligations and to help them through the situation. That pause will go away as of February 1 of next year, though, when up to 43 million people will have to start making payments again on those loans.
AOC, the figurehead of the progressive “Squad” in the House, is now hoping to convince Biden to take executive action that would cancel all federal student loan debt. The resolution she put forth is “calling on the President of the United States to take executive action to broadly cancel Federal student loan debt.”
This is the latest action AOC is trying to take on this issue. She previously co-sponsored two bills that were introduced in the House but never acted upon. They were called the Student Debt Emergency Relief Act, and the Student Loan Forgiveness for Frontline Health Workers.
The progressive representative explained her position to the New York Times last week when she said:
“There is an enormous amount of executive action that they’re sitting on that I think is underutilized [on student loans].”
The problem for AOC, though, is that many prominent Democrats, including the president, don’t believe they can cancel federal student loan debt through executive action. As Biden explained way back in February of 2021:
“I don’t think I have the authority to do it by signing [an executive order].”
Even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi agrees, saying that the only way to cancel federal student loan debt is for Congress to take action.
Despite this, AOC and other Democrats are going to push forward to continue putting pressure on the Biden administration to cancel federal student loan debt. AOC was one of a few Democrats — mostly from the progressive wing — who voted against the Build Back Better bill last month, because of what was omitted from the bill.
She explained to the Times:
“Why are we taking this as a legislative compromise, when the opportunity is so much greater, or when Biden could do this stuff with a stroke of a pen, and is just reminding us that he’s choosing not to?”
Back in late October, AOC took to her Instagram page to put forth her thoughts on cancelling student loan debt, and on the BBB plan when she posted a video. In it, she said:
“I think given how much [Build Back Better] has been slashed, there is more opportunity than ever to bring the heat on Biden to cancel student loans.”