Democrats and Republicans are pressing the Biden administration to clarify many questions about its plan to cancel student debt. Republicans are asking for specific information regarding the president’s legal authority to cancel student debt, while Democrats are asking for information on plans to execute Biden’s impending decision on whether to cancel at least part of student debt.
A coalition of 55 Democratic lawmakers wrote a letter to Education Secretary Miguel Cardona on Wednesday, requesting specific information about plans put in place by the Department of Education to ensure there are no “unnecessary hurdles and obligations” as Biden moves forward with his debt relief plan. , which is now expected at the end of the summer.
On the other hand, Senator Richard Burr, a senior member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, and Virginia Foxx, a senior member of the House Committee on Education and Labor, all two from North Carolina, wrote a letter to Cardona on Wednesday. ask the department to give them explicit proof of legal authority for the various actions the administration has taken to date to settle student debt.
The letter from Democrats, led by Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, said, “The American public will depend on your agency’s ability to write off debt quickly and effectively, regardless of the effort and resources required.
“We would like a full timeline for implementing the cancellation, including when your agency expects to start canceling these loans and when you expect the loan cancellation process under the decree be terminated,” the letter continued.
Democrats have called for specific plans the administration must communicate with borrowers and loan officers to ensure eligible borrowers will have access to any final debt cancellation program.
Republicans have asked the Department of Education to clarify what statutory power the Biden administration used to implement 14 executive actions on student debt. These actions include creating and extending the student loan repayment pause, which has been in place since March 2020; the implementation of the public service loan exemption; and the discharge of $5.8 billion in student loans held by former Corinthian Colleges students, among others.