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Democratic candidate for New York City Mayor Maya Wiley speaks to voters and media while campaigning at the Co-op City housing complex in the Bronx borough of New York City, New York, U.S., June 7, 2021. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File PhotoFor months, a trio of liberal Democratic candidates in New York City's mayoral race has vied for the mantle of progressive standard-bearer in a crowded field. "New York is not a progressive city," said Christina Greer, a political science professor at Fordham University. "We know there are a lot of Democratic voters who call themselves progressive and support progressive values but think AOC is a little too far left." "She's clearly the progressive candidate that can win in this race," said Gabby Seay, the political director for the union, which represents healthcare workers.
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The White House has tied Biden's policy approach to student debt relief to the Education Department's memo, but nearly two months since Klain’s comments, it is unclear when the department's review will be completed. Neither the White House nor the Education Department has said whether the administration is seriously considering extending the forbearance. Democrats and other proponents of canceling student debt argue that the president has the authority to cancel student loans under the Higher Education Act of 1965, which gave the education secretary broad authority over student loans. Biden has already exercised that authority, proponents of debt cancellation argue, by pausing student loan payments during the coronavirus pandemic. Studies show that students of color are more likely to take on student debt and disproportionately struggle to pay it back.
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It omitted some key campaign promises on student debt and healthcare reform. But it doesn't incorporate campaign promises to cancel student debt, and reform the healthcare and unemployment systems. Here are three Biden campaign promises left out of his annual budget. Student debt cancellationSen. Elizabeth Warren speaks as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer looks on during a news conference at the US Capitol on July 22, 2020 in Washington, DC. In a speech on November 16, Biden said that student loans are holding borrowers up, and forgiving $10,000 in student debt "should be done immediately."
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Contra Costa Community College forgave all remaining student debt for its May 2021 graduates. While graduating from college is a significant achievement, many people — 45 million people, that is — are held back by student debt — except for this spring's Contra Costa Community College graduates. "We effectively, without even telling them, paid off every graduating student's debt," Eric Zell, the president of the foundation, told Denver7. Although Biden has asked the Education and Justice Departments to review his authority to cancel student debt, The Washington Post reported that student debt forgiveness will not be included in Biden's budget proposal expected to be released this week. Biden said he would support $10,000 in student debt cancelation during his campaign, but he has yet to act on this promise and has not commented on plans to cancel any amount of student debt.
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A growing number of lawmakers is pushing for recurring stimulus checks in an infrastructure plan. So far, 28 Democrats have signed letters asking Biden to include recurring checks in infrastructure. Stimulus checks have been a cornerstone of pandemic relief, helping offset financial strains brought on by COVID-19. Then came the December $600 check, and most recently, President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan into law, which included $1,400 stimulus checks. "The pandemic has served as a stark reminder that families and workers need certainty in a crisis," the House Democrats wrote.
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In a big win for the growing criminal justice reform movement, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner decisively beat his center-of-left challenger in a Democratic primary that pitted the incumbent’s progressive reforms against a rising tide of violent crime. Tuesday's primary was seen as a referendum on whether the current wave of reform-minded prosecutors would be blamed for increasing gun violence and whether the progressive movement could survive an uptick in homicides across the country. A former civil rights attorney, Krasner has pushed for increased police accountability and lessened the reliance on cash bail for low-level offenses. Larry Krasner’s grassroots campaign in 2017 for District Attorney of Philadelphia sparked a wave of progressive criminal justice reform across the country. “People never saw Larry as being responsible for gun violence,” said Philadelphia-based consultant Ben Waxman.
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Biden's upcoming budget won't include his campaign promise of forgiving student debt, WaPo reports. When he was campaigning for president, President Joe Biden said he would support $10,000 in student debt cancelation per person. Another major promise — canceling $10,000 in student debt — also didn't make the cut. The proposal will include more specifics than Biden's "skinny budget" released in April. But no information has been released from the administration on additional student debt cancelation measures.
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Timothy A. Clary/AFP via Getty ImagesBernie Sanders: folk iconIn 1987, while still mayor of Burlington, Vermont, Bernie Sanders helped cut a folk album. Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida also reported earning $1,500 for writing the foreword to an unnamed book. But the New York Democrat reported no royalties from it during 2020. Daines last year used his vaccine trial experience to advocate that people get vaccinated. Greitens is running for the Senate seat that Republican Sen. Roy Blunt is vacating.
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President Joe Biden with Vice President Kamala Harris (R) delivers remarks on the COVID-19 response and the vaccination program in the East Room at the White House in Washington, DC on May 17, 2021. WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden said Monday that he will speak to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as fighting between Israel and Hamas enters its second week with no clear end in sight. Biden said that he would have more to say about the unfolding violence after speaking with Netanyahu. "To prevent any further loss of civilian life and to prevent further escalation of conflict in Israel and the Palestinian territories, we urge an immediate ceasefire," the senators wrote. King and Sanders are independents who caucus with Democrats.
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Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren introduced a bill to fight food insecurity on college campuses. 3 million college students rely on SNAP benefits, which supplement food budgets of low-income families. Now they want to extend the pandemic-era food benefits that apply to college students, as well. —Senator Alex Padilla (@SenAlexPadilla) May 11, 2021A 2018 Government Accountability Office report found that more than 30% of college students are food insecure and almost 60% of eligible college students did not receive SNAP benefits. "In the richest country in the world, it is an outrage that college students struggle with hunger every day.
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At 59 years old, David Wise has $236,485 of outstanding student loans, according to documents reviewed by Insider. "I feel like I've actually been responsible, and I've paid a considerable amount of money on my student loans," Wise said. "Student debt is also one of the biggest contributors to the rise in the amount of debt seniors hold overall." "When student loans took over my life, I stopped looking forward to anything," she told Insider. Many Democratic lawmakers, foremost among them Warren, are keeping pressure on President Joe Biden to cancel $50,000 in student debt for every American.
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Education Secretary Miguel Cardona isn't ruling out extending the student loan payment pause. Some Democrats argue the payment freeze isn't enough, and full debt cancelation is needed. Cardona said he will increase communication to borrowers in case of a wider federal debt cancelation. In one of his first actions in office, President Joe Biden extended the freeze on student-loan payments through September 30. Biden has asked the Justice and Education Departments to review his ability to cancel $50,000 in student debt per person, the results of which haven't yet been released.
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Sen. Warren reflects on her unsuccessful 2020 presidential bid in her upcoming book, "Persist." "Maybe I just wasn't good enough to reassure the voters," she wrote. When Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts entered the 2020 presidential race, she didn't really need a national introduction. After Warren was elected to the Senate from Massachusetts in 2012, defeating then-GOP Sen. Scott Brown, the presidential buzz immediately followed. In Warren's upcoming book, "Persist," set to be released on May 4, she reflects — quite candidly — on why her campaign failed to launch her into a one-on-one battle with former President Donald Trump for the White House.
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Joe Biden's first address to a joint session of Congress was met with enthusiasm from progressive Democrats but put some moderates on the spot. Sen. Joe Manchin, who was seen taking copious notes at the back of the chamber, didn't clap for some of Biden's initiatives. When Biden mentioned his proposed investments in childcare, Sen. Elizabeth Warren clapped vigorously and pumped her fist in the air. President Joe Biden's first address to a joint session of Congress on Thursday drew enthusiasm from key progressive lawmakers, while putting some moderate Democrats on the spot. But a few lawmakers, most notably Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, stayed quiet.
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Biden's infrastructure plan invests $318 billion in education, but doesn't address student debt. "President Biden has taken many steps in the right direction in his first 100 days," Abrams said. And he supported immediate student debt cancellation. "Cancelling student debt is popular with the American people," Schumer said on Twitter. Today would be a great day for President Biden to #CancelStudentDebt."
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren unveiled a $700 billion universal childcare plan on Tuesday. Her plan, cosponsored by Rep. Mondaire Jones, would ensure no family pays more than 7% of income on childcare. Democrats have made several related proposals recently, notably a permanent expansion of the bigger child tax credit. And on Monday, House Democrats introduced a bill to provide a permanent child tax credit, which would provide $250 or $300 checks monthly, depending on the child's age. "If we want a country, and an economy, that works for all Americans, we need universal childcare."
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As calls increase for President Joe Biden to cancel $50,000 in student debt per person, lawmakers are also keeping an eye on student loan servicers, which process loan payments and collections. Warren has had Navient and other student loan servicers in her sights for well over a decade. "The federal government has an obligation to make sure student loan servicing is working for student borrowers and taxpayers – not big corporations," Warren told Insider. It's past time to fire them and other servicers that abuse student borrowers at taxpayer expense." In August 2015, Warren released a report identifying the problems with the Education Department's review of student loan servicers' compliance with the SCRA.
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Student-loan payments are paused through September, with national savings of $82.7 billion on interest payments. A report by Upgraded Points found this saved each borrower an average of $2,001 in interest. A report released on April 5 by Upgraded Points — a travel research group — found that since student-loan payments were originally paused under the CARES Act in March, the average interest saved per borrower was $2,001, and the national average for principal paused per borrower was $34,971. The state that saved the most interest overall was California at over $8 billion (10% of the national total), with New York slightly behind at $5.2 billion in interest saved. The report noted that while national averages and total state savings were high, "on an individual borrower level, average borrowers only saved a couple thousand dollars in interest over the 12 months.
Persons: Joe Biden, Biden, Sen, Elizabeth Warren of, Warren Organizations: Twitter Locations: California, New York, DC, Georgia, Maryland, Wyoming , Utah, Alaska, North Dakota , Iowa, Wyoming, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts
Even before the pandemic, people like Andrew Yang were calling for recurring payments for Americans. Lawmakers and experts have said the three stimulus checks distributed so far are not enough. "If Congress had its s--- together, we'd all be getting direct, recurring payments throughout this pandemic," Yang told Insider in August. The second round of stimulus checks, worth $600The December 2020 stimulus package included $600 stimulus payments for Americans. And on March 31, in the midst of infrastructure negotiations, 21 Democratic senators urged Biden in a letter to include recurring direct payments in his $4 trillion infrastructure plan.
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In a letter, 36 civil rights organizations called on Biden to cancel $50,000 in student debt per person. Civil-rights organizations want President Joe Biden to change that by canceling $50,000 in student debt per person. On Monday, 36 civil rights organizations, led by the Leadership Conference of Civil and Human Rights, released civil rights principles for student debt cancelation in an effort to encourage the Biden administration to act on racial, gender, disability, and wealth disparities in the country. The letter noted that upon graduation, Black borrowers typically owe 50% more than white borrowers, and four years later, Black borrowers owe 100% more. But Democratic lawmakers like Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts remain adamant that Biden can and must use his executive powers to cancel $50,000 in student debt per person.
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Borrowers told Insider there's a lack of clarity, and experts say much more needs to be done. But Biden hasn't taken the actions he promised as a presidential candidate, which include canceling $10,000 in student debt per person. And while Cardona's $2.3 billion in cumulative relief over three months might seem impressive, it comes to less than 0.2% of the outstanding student loans swimming through the system. He said he'd tried looking at homes in the past, "but that student-loan debt just hung heavy over my head." Mayotte told Insider that the Trump administration "was very much opposed to the whole idea of borrower defense in the first place."
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Senators to Biden: Waive vaccine intellectual property rules
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WASHINGTON — Ten liberal senators are urging President Joe Biden to back India and South Africa’s appeal to the World Trade Organization to temporarily relax intellectual property rules so coronavirus vaccines can be manufactured by nations struggling to inoculate their populations. The lawmakers, in a letter delivered to the White House on Thursday evening, wrote that Biden should “prioritize people over pharmaceutical company profits” and support the temporary waiver of the rules. More than 100 nations support a temporary waiver, which could help vaccine manufacturing ramp up in poorer countries that are struggling to acquire vaccine supplies. The White House did not respond to a request for comment on the lawmakers' letter. The lawmakers' appeal to Biden came after a group of 170 former world leaders and Nobel laureates earlier this week sent a similar letter to Biden urging him to support a temporary waiver of the WTO’s intellectual property rules.
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22 Democratic lawmakers want Biden to include a path to citizenship in his infrastructure plan. They argue that undocumented essential workers are critical to the nation's economic infrastructure. With President Joe Biden yet to unveil the details of the second part of his $4 trillion infrastructure plan, a group of Democratic lawmakers is urging him to include a pathway to citizenship for undocumented workers. "The US Department of Homeland Security even designated essential workers as part of our nation's critical infrastructure. Given Republican lawmakers' criticism of Biden's plan, including a path to citizenship as part of infrastructure is unlikely to gain their support.
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DOE data shows canceling $50,000 in student debt per person would erase debt for 84% of federal borrowers. It shows that canceling $10,000 per person would erase debt for 35% of them, Yahoo Finance reports. The DOE and DOJ are reviewing Biden's authority to cancel $50,000 in student debt. Also, 4.4 million borrowers, each holding an average of $48,000 in student debt, have had loans for more than two decades since graduation. The DOE data comes ahead of Warren's Senate Banking hearing on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the burden of student debt.
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Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is holding her first hearing on student debt cancelation on Tuesday. Warren will also question student loan servicer Navient's CEO on investigations regarding misleading borrowers. "And student debt cancellation is an efficient and effective way to provide families across this nation with economic relief and opportunity." This followed an Education Department ruling that Navient must repay the government $22 million in overcharged student loan subsidies. Insider reported on Tuesday, citing Education Department data, that canceling $50,000 in student debt per person could wipe out the entire debt burden of 84% of federal student loan borrowers.
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