Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., on Sunday responded to examples of Democrats criticizing President Biden’s $500,000,000,000 student loan handout by saying the “criticism is correct” before arguing that the “answer is not to deny help to people who cannot deal with these horrendous student debts.”
“Well, the truth is, in a sense that criticism is correct,” Sanders, who caucuses with Senate Democrats, said on ABC’s “This Week.”
Anchor George Stephanopoulous said Sens. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., along with Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, have voiced criticism of the proposal.
“The answer is maybe, just maybe, we want to have a government that works for all working people and not just the people on top,” Sanders said.
“Maybe we should have the courage to take on the drug companies and not pay ten times more for a particular drug than they do in other countries, so the answer is, not to do what Republicans want to do,” Sanders continued. “‘Oh, it’s unfair to this person because we’re helping that person.’ The answer is maybe to create a government which works for all people and not just the wealthy campaign contributors.”
Earlier this past week, Sen. Bennet wrote in a press release that the student loan handout should have “further targeted the relief, and proposed a way to pay for this plan.”
“While immediate relief to families is important, one-time debt cancellation does not solve the underlying problem,” Bennet said. “So I’m pleased to see reforms to income-driven repayment plans and the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.”
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