Kamala Harris' bizarre response when asked who is 'footing the bill' for student loans | Daily Mail Online
Category: News & PoliticsVia: texan1211 • one month ago • 7 comments
By: Nikki Schwab (Mail Online)
Vice President Kamala Harris stuck to the script when asked Monday who was 'footing the bill' for President Joe Biden's student loan forgiveness plan.
Instead of answering the question, she pivoted to a talking point previously delivered by the president.
'Well, let's start with this: First of all, a lot of the same people who are criticizing what we rightly did in following through on a commitment that we made to forgive student loan debt are the same people who voted for a tax cut for the richest Americans,' Harris told reporters before boarding Air Force Two to return to Washington.
Vice President Kamala Harris pivoted to a White House talking point about student loans Monday when asked by a reporter in Florida who was 'footing the bill' for President Joe Biden's student loan forgiveness plan
A reporter on the tarmac pointed out to the vice president that the administration hasn't given a 'concrete answer' on who will pay for Biden's decision to forgive $10,000 and $20,000 in Americans' student loans.
'So when we look at who is benefiting from this, 90 percent of the people who are going to benefit from student loan forgiveness make under $75,000 a year, and that debt has been the reason that they're unable to start a family, buy a home, and pursue their piece of the American Dream,' Harris also pointed out.
The White House has played up a similar response given by Biden during Wednesday's student loan announcement - featuring it in a video and tweet.
The White House played up a response that President Joe Biden gave when asked Wednesday if his student loan plan was unfair to Americans who already paid off their loans. Harris gave a similar answer when asked about the student loan forgiveness plan Monday in Florida
Biden responded: 'Is it fair to people who in fact do not own multibillion-dollar businesses to see one of these guys getting all the tax credits? Is that fair? What do you think?' Biden said, referencing the 2017 Trump tax package that largely benefited corporations
After announcing the plan to cancel chunks of student debt, Biden was exiting the Roosevelt Room, when he was asked if the plan was unfair to Americans who had already paid off their loans.
'Is it fair to people who in fact do not own multibillion-dollar businesses to see one of these guys getting all the tax credits? Is that fair? What do you think?' Biden said, referencing the 2017 tax package signed by former President Donald Trump that cut taxes for corporations.
The White House also went after a group of House Republicans for complaining about the student loan plan while benefiting from having Paycheck Protection Program loans cancelled.
On Wednesday, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, Director of the Domestic Policy Council Susan Rice and Deputy Director of the National Economic Countil Bharat Ramamurti struggled last week with questions about how the plan would be paid for and what it would cost.
Returning to the briefing room Friday, Ramamurti estimated that the student loan program will cost about $240 billion, if 75 percent of borrowers take advantage.