This article has been updated to reflect the fact that this law was passed by the House on July 21, 2020.
Representative Madeleine Dean (D-PA) introduced legislation to write off private student loan debt in response to the coronavirus pandemic and economic recession.
Introduced as an amendment to the last reauthorization of the National Defense Authorization Act, Dean’s proposal would provide for a $ 10,000 private student loan forgiveness for each borrower.
“We cannot ignore the suffering private student loan borrowers,” Dean said in a Tweeter. “My amendment currently being debated on the floor would provide up to $ 10,000 in immediate relief to the estimated 4.5 million private student loan borrowers. This amendment is good for borrowers and for our economy. Private student loan borrowers have been excluded from the student loan relief provisions of the CARES Act.
Republicans have castigated Dean’s proposal. Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) accused Democrats of trying to “socialize all student debt”.
Representative Dean’s amendment is just the latest Democratic proposal to write off student loan debt in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) recently asked $ 30,000 in global student debt cancellation to address the economic crisis and long-standing racial injustices. “The average borrower has $ 30,000 in [student loan] debt – [cancelling that] will revive the economy ”, she said recently told Yahoo Finance. “Black student borrowers borrow and default more than anyone because of our inability to build generational wealth. I see it as a racial justice issue.
Recently, more than 100 civil rights and consumer organizations called on Congress to cancel large-scale student loan debt. House and Senate Democrats have offered $ 10,000 in general student loan forgiveness. And former Vice President Joe Biden, the alleged Democratic presidential candidate, recently reaffirmed its support for the widespread cancellation of student loans.
Update, July 21, 2020: The House adopted the amendment of Rep. Dean.