Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., spoke to FOX Business Friday about the Biden administration’s commitment to more progressive sectors of the Democratic grassroots and the party’s chances in the 2022 election.
FOX Business asked Ocasio-Cortez what the ramifications could be for the Democratic Party if President Biden fails to deliver on his promises on issues like student loans and climate.
“I think we have to ask ourselves: What are we realistically achieving as a team and as a collective between our families? And I think the president has an extraordinary number of options that he hasn’t exercised, and his ability to do so will be critical,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
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“I’ll say right away that people might think these are some sort of independent voters contributing to his poll and stuff.”
Biden lobbied for cancellation of up to $10,000 in student debt per borrower, but the progressive wing of the Democratic Party asks him to cancel up to $50,000.
“We are all here to call on President Biden to back the movement that elected him and use his executive power to cancel $50,000 of federal student loan debt,” said D-Mass Rep. Ayanna Pressley last year.
Ocasio-Cortez told FOX Business that Biden’s stalled implementation of student debt relief is driving his voter ratings lower.
“It’s actually young people who haven’t really been served,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “And her priorities were in BBB, which is Sen. [Joe] Manchin has essentially stalled. And yet, student loan debt and substantial student loan forgiveness, you know what the President can do to serve them.
When asked if student debt relief is something she would like to bestow upon both members of Congress and the general public, she said she favors a “universal” policy on most issues.
“Well, I believe in universal quality standards in general. So universal health coverage, and I believe universal policies in general are the way to go,” she said.
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However, the representative left the decision to the President.
“But you know, whatever the president decides, he’s going to decide,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “But that is directly within his jurisdiction. It doesn’t actually take an act of Congress to forgive student loan debt.”