Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is firing back at President Joe Biden Wednesday after Biden rejected a progressive proposal to cancel $50,000 in student loan debt by executive order.
The public disagreement marks the first time Ocasio-Cortez has publicly criticized Biden, despite making clear efforts at distancing herself from the more “moderate” Democratic president while he was still on the presidential campaign trail.
Biden was adamant, at a town hall-style appearance Tuesday night, that, despite efforts to help ease the financial burden on workers suffering from extended coronavirus-related lockdowns, he would not sign on to a plan to forgive $50,000 in student loan debt per borrower through executive order, despite promising some student loan relief.
“I will not make that happen,” Biden said, pointedly, in response to a question about student loan forgiveness.
“My point is: I understand the impact of debt, and it can be debilitating,” Biden said, noting that his children were among those who incurred hundreds of