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Supporters of Joe Biden are furious because he’s backing out on a key campaign promise about student loan payments.
“I regret voting for Biden,” one person wrote to Twitter.
“Broken promises will lose is elections in 2022 & 2024,” another person said, adding “Biden we voted for you to follow through on your promises.”
In March 2020, Biden said, “We should forgive a minimum of $10,000/person of federal student loans, as proposed by Senator Warren and colleagues.”
“Young people and other student debt holders bore the brunt of the last crisis,” he added. “It shouldn’t happen again.”
Biden ran on a promise of student loan relief, paving a way to help millions of people. Now student loan payments are set to begin on Feb 1st. Broken promises will lose is elections in 2022 & 2024. Biden we voted for you to follow through on your promises.
— Marti (@MartiGCummings) December 13, 2021
About one and a half years later, White House press secretary Jen Psaki has confirmed that the nearly two-year hiatus for student loan payments will expire on February 1.
Psaki told reporters that “41 million borrowers” have “benefitted from the extended student loan payment pause, but it expires Feb. 1.”
“So right now we’re just making a range of preparations,” she continued.
“We will engage directly with federal student loan borrowers to ensure they have the resources they need and are in the appropriate repayment plan.”
“We are still assessing the impact of the omicron variant. A smooth transition back into repayment is a high priority for the administration,” Paski said.
“The Department of Education is already communicating with borrowers to help them to help to prepare for return to repayment on Feb. 1,” she concluded.
Here’s Biden’s remark in 2020:
Additionally, we should forgive a minimum of $10,000/person of federal student loans, as proposed by Senator Warren and colleagues. Young people and other student debt holders bore the brunt of the last crisis. It shouldn't happen again.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) March 22, 2020
Biden has also supported the idea of giving Americans free college. This was instant met with backlash.
HBO’s Bill Maher shot back, “Yeah, I’m not f***ing paying for that.”
Here’s a look at folks who are upset with Biden over his broken promise:
The more and more emails I get about student loan payments starting back up the more and more I regret voting for Biden LYING ASS! 😒
— 卂.匚.✨ (@_amandownnn) December 11, 2021
.@Chasten doesn’t appear to be a fan of the Biden admin’s plan to restart student loan payments next month: pic.twitter.com/1mXiUYBRnx
— Michael Stratford (@mstratford) December 12, 2021
A note to Democrats who blame progressives after losing an election:
Forcing millions to start paying student loans again and cutting off the Child Tax Credit at the start of an election year is not a winning strategy.
We're warning you now, don't point fingers in November.
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) December 13, 2021
Americans carry more debt today than ever before — $15 TRILLION in student loans, medical bills, rent payments, and more.
People need relief and they need it now. Pass the Build Back Better Act and cancel student debt.
— Pramila Jayapal (@PramilaJayapal) December 13, 2021
638,000 people have received student loan forgiveness under the Biden Administration & their lives have improved!
But let me get this straight: for the other 98.6% of borrowers, payments are turning on next month w/o any forgiveness at all? Not even the $10k?
This will be bad.
— Mckayla Wilkes for Congress (@MeetMckayla) December 13, 2021
More from Western Journal:
The decision not to extend the pause came as a surprise to many liberals who had hoped that President Joe Biden would follow through on his campaign promise to forgive $10,000 of student loan debt per borrower.
Although the progressive wing of the party has urged him to forgive up to $50,000 of student loan debt per individual, during his campaign he said he would “support canceling $10,000 per borrower,” according to CNN.
The administration’s decision leaves many Democrats feeling outraged and bitter. The sense of entitlement and betrayal is great, particularly among those who can afford it the most.
Such as Michigan Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a member of the “squad” of far-left lawmakers:
Rep. @RashidaTlaib: "I worked full time, Monday through Friday, and took weekend classes to get my law degree. And still, close to $200,000 in debt. And I still owe over $70,000 and most of it was interest." pic.twitter.com/STGxo70JlS
— The Hill (@thehill) December 5, 2021