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On Monday, Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-New York, argued for the total cancellation of student debt in the United States by equating the monkeypox outbreak with the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I once again propose that @POTUS extends the payment suspension and issues an executive order to erase student debt,” Nadler tweeted. “Student loan repayments are slated to resume on August 31st while COVID-19 and Monkeypox cases are on the rise.
The tweet was met with significant misunderstanding over the connection between monkeypox and student loan debt.
Inquiries from FOX Business were not immediately answered by Nadler’s office.
Nadler seems to be equating the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic with the recent monkeypox outbreak, which is why the Trump administration first suspended student loan repayments. Since then, the pause has been repeatedly prolonged; it will now conclude at the end of this month.
On July 14, 2022 in Washington, DC, Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) is seen watching a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill. (Image courtesy of Getty Images/Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
In the upcoming weeks, according to President Biden, he will decide whether to grant a seventh extension of the suspension. It is unclear what financial amount he is considering erasing from current borrowers’ student loans, but this has been stated in numerous stories. The possibility of setting an income cap, if any, is also taken into account.
According to people with direct knowledge, the White House is considering a number of options, one of which was supported earlier this year by former press secretary Jen Psaki and calls for fulfilling a pledge made by Joe Biden during his presidential campaign to forgive $10,000 of student loan debt for anyone making less than $125,000 annually.
On Monday, December 27, President Biden and the White House COVID-19 Response Team took part in a conference call with the National Governors Association from the Eisenhower Executive Office Building’s South Court Auditorium. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images/Getty Images)
In the meanwhile, after California, Illinois, and New York declared states of emergencies due to the virus, Biden announced Tuesday a team to coordinate and oversee the White House’s monkeypox response efforts .
The White House, all federal departments and agencies, as well as local, state, national, and international partners will engage with Robert Fenton and Dr. Demetre Daskalakis to coordinate and oversee response activities while “monitoring and battling the spread” of monkeypox.
On May 18, the nation’s first case of monkeypox was identified. Monkeypox symptoms are less severe than smallpox symptoms, and it seldom results in death.
To date, the Biden administration has increased testing capacity from 6,000 tests per week to more than 80,000 tests per week and sent more than 1.1 million doses of vaccine to states and communities around the nation in an effort to stop the virus’ spread.
by Fox News Contributors to this report include Breck Dumas and Brooke Singman.