Although the response from fellow party members has been mostly positive, three Democrats running in competitive elections have criticized President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan.
Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, New Hampshire Rep. Chris Pappas and Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet all panned Biden’s order forgiving $10,000 in student loans for individuals making up to $125,000 or couples making $250,000. Both Bennet and Pappas are considered key targets for Republicans hoping to flip the Senate and the House of Representatives, while Ryan is running against JD Vance to replace outgoing GOP Sen. Rob Portman.
“While there’s no doubt that a college education should be about opening opportunities, waiving debt for those already on a trajectory to financial security sends the wrong message to the millions of Ohioans without a degree working just as hard to make ends meet,” Ryan said in a statement.
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Instead, he urged the Biden administration to consider “an across-the-board tax cut,” as well as medical debt cancellation, free community college, and job training and apprenticeship programs. A 10-term congressman from Youngstown, Ryan is polling within