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Over 80 lawmakers urge Biden to release memo outlining his authority on student debt cancellation

Added 01-26-22 11:57:02am EST - “Over 80 lawmakers in both the House and Senate are urging President Biden to publicly release information on his legal authority to cancel student loan debt he requested from Education Secretary Miguel Cardona.” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “Over 80 lawmakers urge Biden to release memo outlining his authority on student debt cancellation”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Over 80 lawmakers in both the House and Senate are urging President BidenJoe BidenDeputy AG: DOJ investigating fake Trump electors On The Money — Vaccine-or-test mandate for businesses nixed Warner tests positive for breakthrough COVID-19 case MORE to publicly release information on his legal authority to cancel student loan debt he requested from Education Secretary Miguel CardonaMiguel CardonaThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden talks, Senate balks School infrastructure is a children's human rights issue — it's time the US acknowledges that The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - Jan. 6 Capitol attack back in spotlight MORE.

Lawmakers made the call in a letter sent to Biden on Monday, led by Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenFiscal conservatives should support postal reform  Five Democrats the left plans to target Arizona Democratic Party executive board censures Sinema MORE (D-Mass.), Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerVoting rights failed in the Senate — where do we go from here? Forced deadline spurs drastic tactic in Congress Democrats call on Biden administration to ease entry to US for at-risk Afghans MORE (D-N.Y) and Reps. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalDesperate Dems signal support for cutting Biden bill down in size Sanders, 50 Democrats unveil bill to send N95 masks to all Americans Centrist Democrats urge progressives to tamp down rhetoric MORE (D-Wash.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyDemocrats call on CDC to release demographic breakdowns for long-term COVID-19 patients House votes to award medal to Willie O'Ree, first Black NHL player It's time for President Biden to use his vast clemency power MORE (D-Mass.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarSenate needs to confirm Deborah Lipstadt as antisemitism envoy — Now Overnight Defense & National Security — DOD watchdog to review extremism screening Omar calls for closure of Guantánamo Bay prison after 20 years of 'lawlessness and cruelty' MORE (D-Minn.) and Katie Porter (D-Calif.).

In the letter, lawmakers call on Biden to direct the Department of Education to “publicly release” a memo the administration ordered last year outlining the president’s authority to cancel student loans.

The letter comes roughly nine months after White House chief of staff Ron KlainRon KlainBiden: A good coach knows when to change up the team Biden seeks to save what he can from Build Back Better The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden clarifies his remarks on Russia MORE publicly disclosed that the administration was working to prepare a memo on Biden’s power to cancel student loan debt.

“He asked his secretary of Education, who’s just been on the job a few weeks, once he got on the job to have his department prepare a memo on the president’s legal authority, and hopefully we’ll see that in the next few weeks,” Klain said in an interview with Politico at the time. “And then he’ll look at that legal authority, he’ll look at the policy issues around that, and he’ll make a decision.”

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