Biden will ask Justice Department to review his authority to cancel student loan debt

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WASHINGTON (NewsNation Now) —  President Joe Biden is expected to ask the Department of Justice to review his legal authority to cancel student loan debt, the White House said on Wednesday.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Biden believes that student loan relief above $10,000 should be targeted based on the borrower’s income and the kind of debt in question.

“He doesn’t favor $50,000 in student loan relief without limitation,” Psaki said.

“Once his team is in place at the Justice Department he will ask them to conduct a legal review of his authority to act by executive action in conjunction with a policy review from his Domestic Policy Council on how executive action debt relief, if any, should be targeted,” Psaki added.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senator Elizabeth Warren called on Biden Wednesday to cancel $50,000 in federal student loan debt.

“An ocean of student loan debt is holding back 43 million borrowers and disproportionately weighing down Black and Brown Americans. Canceling $50,000 in federal student loan debt will help close the racial wealth gap, benefit the 40% of borrowers who do not have a college degree, and help stimulate the economy,” the lawmakers said in a statement.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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