Press Release

AFT’s Weingarten on Biden’s Veto of GOP Plan to Block Student Debt Relief

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Andrew Crook
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WASHINGTON—American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten issued the following statement after President Joe Biden vetoed the GOP’s Congressional Review Act resolution that would have canceled student debt relief.

“The Biden administration has stepped up again, when so many others have failed, to help the millions of borrowers who’ve had their lives derailed by unsustainable student debt. The Republicans’ extremist plan would have reinstated already forgiven loans for more than 260,000 public service workers and driven more than 2 million teachers, nurses, first responders and others further into debt. Students go to college because they want to improve their lives, but all too often their dreams are destroyed by crippling loan payments. Last night, the president stood by his convictions and stood with American families.”

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.