“Squad” Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., are leading their progressive colleagues in cranking up the pressure on President Biden to release a memo exploring his authority to unilaterally cancel student debt.
Omar led the letter addressed to both Biden and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona calling on the administration to release the memo Cardona sent the president regarding the cancelation of student debt by Oct. 22.
“President Biden can cancel student debt with the flick of a pen,” Omar tweeted on Friday. “Today, we are calling on the Administration to release the memo on student debt cancellation and [cancel student debt].”
Pointing to White House chief of staff Ron Klain saying in April that the memo would be released in a matter of “weeks,” the lawmakers said over “six months” have passed and that it was time “to release the memo and cancel student debt.”
“Federal student debt can be canceled with the ‘flick of your pen,’” the lawmakers claimed in their letter. “This authority is already being put to use, as it is currently being used to cancel the interest owned on all federally-held student loans.”