Education Politics

Dems Are Trapped on This Issue

The federal government is preparing to make a decision on student loans in the “next week or so,” Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said Sunday as an Aug. 31 deadline approaches for when a moratorium on federal student loan payments expires.

Cardona said the Biden administration has been having daily discussions but declined to say if a final decision has been reached on whether to extend the 30-month-old student loans pause or announce further steps to cancel a certain amount of borrowers’ debt.

“From day one, we’ve been really focused on making sure we’re protecting our students and our borrowers,” Cardona told NBC’s Chuck Todd on Meet the Press. “We know Aug. 31 is a date that many people are waiting to hear something from. We’ve been talking daily about this, and I can tell you that the American people will hear within the next week or so.”

The decision has come down to the wire with less than two weeks left before payments and interest are due to resume on Sept. 1. More than 100 Democratic lawmakers sent a letter to Biden and Cardona last month urging them to extend the pause for a seventh time. Read more…

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