One In Five White House Staffers Have Student Debt | Eastern North Carolina Now | A recent Biden administration plan to cancel $10,000 in student debt per borrower is slated to substantially benefit some employees of the White House.

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    A recent Biden administration plan to cancel $10,000 in student debt per borrower is slated to substantially benefit some employees of the White House.

    The loan cancellation plan applies to individuals earning less than $125,000 per year, while those who paid for college using Pell Grants are eligible for a $20,000 cancellation. Biden also decided to extend the pause on federal student loan repayment to January 2023 and will permit borrowers with undergraduate loans to cap payments at 5% of monthly income.

    However, as noted by RealClearPolitics reporter Philip Wegmann, staffers in Washington, D.C., are set for a major windfall from the commander-in-chief's policy. At least 30 senior White House officials have outstanding student loan balances, according to financial disclosures obtained by Bloomberg earlier this year, representing one in five staffers required to file the documents.

    Among the officials who collectively owe as much as $4.7 million are White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and National Economic Council Deputy Director Bharat Ramamurti, while one legislative aide alone owes between $500,000 and $1 million. Both Jean-Pierre and Ramamurti, however, earn more than the $125,000 threshold established by the debt elimination policy.

    Meanwhile, a report from AdvisorSmith found that residents of Washington, D.C., carry an average student loan balance of $55,077 - the highest of any other part of the country. With average balances of $43,219 and $39,472, residents of nearby Maryland and Virginia place second and fourth in the nation for student debt.

    Another recent analysis from Daily Caller News Foundation investigative reporter Gabe Kaminsky showed that 13 Democratic members of Congress who have espoused some version of federal student debt cancellation policy hold up to $1.5 million in loans.

    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), for instance, owes up to $50,000 and said at the end of last year that she owes $17,000. "I'm 32 years old now," the lawmaker remarked. "I have over $17,000 in student loan debt, and I didn't go to graduate school because I knew that getting another degree would drown me in debt that I would never be able to surpass. This is unacceptable."

    Members of the House of Representatives earn an annual salary of $174,000 - provoking criticism for failure to repay their obligations in a timely manner. Indeed, one-third of student debt is owed by the wealthiest 20% of households, according to data from the Brookings Institution, while only 8% is owed by the bottom 20% - partly because more degrees are often necessary for the most lucrative professions.

    The Biden administration's student loan cancellation plan is similarly regressive. Eliminating $10,000 of student loans per borrower would cost $298 billion in 2022 and a total of $329 billion by 2031 if the policy is renewed each year, according to a nonpartisan analysis from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, which also found that 42% of the benefit would impact Americans earning more than $82,400 per year.

    The Wharton analysts predicted that a permanent loan cancellation announcement could prompt students to "eventually reorganize their financing toward additional borrowing." Although the policy could increase access among students who would not otherwise be able to afford higher-level degrees, universities themselves could capture the value "in the form of higher prices" as they raise tuition.


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Are you in favor of the Joe Biden Executive Order, just weeks before the midterm elections, to shift the Higher Education debt, of up to $10,000.00 per individual, to the taxpayers of this Republic (estimated at 1/2 trillion)?
  Yes, it costs so much to go to college, and the right job is so hard to find in my focus of study.
  No, one's individual debt should be born by the beneficiary of that debt; certainly NOT by others that work to support their own families and pay their own debts, and their taxes.
  I am bereft of knowledge, so who cares?
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poll#154
Inarguably, the policies of the Democrats in congress and Joe Biden as the Executive is plunging the United States into a recession, if we are not already there; a recession that was completely avoidable. Will abrupt changes in policies occur in time?
  Yes, the Democrats have a bold plan, yet to be revealed, to save us.
  No, there will have to be a complete undoing of the damage done by these Democrats.
  I can't do simple math, so how am I to understand the concept of basic economics.
841 total vote(s)     What's your Opinion?


poll#145
After one full year of the Biden /Harris Administration: Does Joe Biden have the intellectual capacity, and, or the energy to lead the United States of America through the mess that he predominately created ... in just one year?
  Yes
  No
  Unsure
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