Senate Democrats Are Still Calling on Biden to Cancel Student Debt. He Should Listen.

Ending the student debt crisis isn’t just good policy, it’s good politics as well.

Lauren Elizabeth
3 min readMar 18, 2021
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With the $1.9 trillion covid relief package out of the way, Democrats have begun to set their sights on the next issues that they would like to address while they enjoy unilateral control of the White House, House of Representatives, and the Senate for the next almost two years.

While voting rights and infrastructure legislation have been a priority for many Democratic lawmakers, some Senate Democrats and the progressive caucus in Congress have been calling on Joe Biden to cancel the staggering $1.7 trillion dollars Americans owe just for seeking the higher education we have been told virtually our entire lives is important to get. Surprisingly, among the Democrats in the Senate calling on Biden to cancel up to $50,000 loan debt for those who owe it is none other than Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, who happens to be up for re-election.

All things considered, the fact that Schumer is using this as a re-election tool more than anything else serves as an important reminder that the cancellation of student loan debt isn’t just good policy, it’s good politics as well.

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Lauren Elizabeth

Lauren is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at LaurenMartinchek@gmail.com or Twitter @xlauren_mx