U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley has one question for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and his House allies about their student debt forgiveness bill: “Where does that end?” The response comes after the Vermont senator, who is running for president, and freshman U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minnesota, and Pramila Jayapal, D-Washington, introduced legislation that would cancel all student debt.
“It ought to be philosophically wrong for him to say that, because basically a minority of people take advantage of obtaining a degree,” Grassley said. “And he’s saying they should have their debt paid off by hardworking taxpayers.”Robin Opsahl, “Iowa Politics Newsletter: First 10 candidates take the stage in Miami“, Des Moines Register, June 27, 2019
As a member of the US House of Representatives Omar earns $174,000 per year. How are Omar and other high-income debtors “held back from pursuing their dreams because of the student debt crisis” as she states?
“What my bill does is simple as it is revolutionary,” Omar said, name-checking Sanders and adding, “It cancels all of 1.6 trillion student loan debt. No exceptions, no questions asked, full cancellation.”
“You might ask why full cancellation? What about the people who can pay off their student debt?” Rep. Omar continued. “Well, let me say this. The children of Donald Trump aren’t asking or taking out student loans. Canceling student debt is a problem of the poor and the middle class, not of the rich.”Tommy Christopher, “Ilhan Omar Says Bernie’s Student Debt Bill Isn’t Giveaway to Rich Because Trump’s Kids Aren’t Taking Student Loans“, Mediaite, June 24, 2019