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Reps Ocasio-Cortez and Pressley Push for $50,000 Student Debt After Biden Fails to Support It on CNN

Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) ignited a push for the federal government to cancel $50,000 student debt after President Biden failed to back the measure during a CNN town hall.

President Biden ignited a reaction following his response to a question about student debt forgiveness.

When asked if he would cancel student loan debt up to $50,000, Biden responded, “I will not make that happen,” but said he was willing to “write off” up to $10,000 well short of the higher number.

Ocasio-Cortez appeared to not be happy with the lower number.

She used class warfare to justify the $50,000 target.

Pressley took a different angle to push for the higher number.

She used the race card to advance her argument for the $50,000 level where she emphasized the benefit to black women.

The push for $50,000 student debt forgiveness also hit state officials.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is leading an effort with other state attorney generals to cancel student debt.

Biden was also criticized on social media for failing to endorse the idea of eliminating student debt up to $50,000.

Democracy Now discussed Biden and student debt.

By campaigning for canceling student debt, Biden opened the door for far-left Democrats to push the dollar amount to a higher level.

The U.S. is already saddled with additional trillions of dollars of debt because of the pandemic and getting rid of student loan debt at $50,000 would cost another trillion.

In addition to the cost, eliminating student loans is unfair to those who took out student loans over the years and worked hard to pay them off.

The perverse incentive of such a plan on student debt is that the government will bail individuals out for their personal decisions.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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