The Federal Reserve estimates that Americans owe more than $1.7 trillion in student loans. A group of progressive Democrats – including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), and Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) – took to the floor of the House of Representatives on Thursday to demand President Joe Biden cancel student loan debt. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) also urged President Biden to forgive student loans for nearly 48 million people. However, many online commentators pointed out some glaring issues for her demanding U.S. taxpayer money be used to cancel student loans, including her own.
“And yes, I worked full time, Monday through Friday, and took weekend classes to get my law degree,” said the 45-year-old Tlaib – who makes $174,000 per year as a United States Representative. “And still, close to $200,000 in debt. And I still owe over $70,000 and most of it was interest. Most of it was our own government making money and profit off of me.”
Tlaib called on President Biden to use an executive order to wipe out student loan debt.