Despite getting two Democrats from each chamber of Congress to join Republicans in supporting the bill, President Biden refused to allow politicians to block his $400 billion in handouts for student loans. With Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Jon Tester (D-MT) joining up with Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ), you know this represents the best interests of the American people. Reaching a final tally of 52-46, they barely snuck it in.
Yet Biden was defiant in his video response to the bill.
Taking to Twitter, he posted a video about his resolve to help pay for college. “Folks, Republican in Congress led an effort to pass a bill blocking my administration’s plan to provide up to $10,000 in student debt relief and up to $20,000 for borrowers that received a Pell Grant. Nearly 90% of those relief dollars go to people making less than $75,000 a year. I’m not going to back down on my efforts to help tens of millions of working- and middle-class families. That’s why I’m going to veto this bill.”
Biden also ensured he called out Reps Jared Golden (D-ME) and Marie Gluesenhamp Peres (D-WA), who linked up with Republicans in the House. Their efforts there just paid off, as the total also just slipped in, with a final vote of 218-203.
In Biden’s rose-colored-glasses view of things, he claims he knows of people who voted for this bill who took small business loans to keep in business during the pandemic, and many who also wanted to take give wealthy people and corporations more tax breaks. In his mind, they are blocking the working class from getting back out of that pandemic slump. He claims he is supporting the working families of the nation and thinking of them.
What he is thinking of is buying their vote and setting the American people on course for at least 30 years of total leftist politics and policies dominating our political landscape. This crash course on buying votes and rigging the process in their favor is something the liberals in DC have been doing, but never on this scale. From their efforts to push for welfare reform to their fake cries of sympathy for the immigrants, the left has been reliant on pushing hot-button issues to get votes instead of focusing on long-term answers.
This landmark veto marks the fifth since Biden has been in office. By contrast, Trump had 10 during his term in office, and Obama and Bush Jr each had 12 during their two terms.
Should Biden’s veto of this bill result in him getting his student loan package through, $10,000 of student loans for anyone making under $125,000 a year ($250,000 per family) would be written off. For those who received Pell Grants, they would have $20,000 of their loans wiped out. In total, early estimates had this project pegged at costing the American taxpayers over $400 billion. Thankfully the courts were able to put Biden’s entire plan on ice back in April.
Written under the Congressional Review Act, the resolution to block Biden’s vote buying was approved by both the House and Senate. This act allows Congress to reject the actions of the executive branch policy, but only when the House and Senate both pass a resolution of disapproval of said policy. However, to override Biden’s veto, they would need a two-thirds supermajority. With both the House and Senate equally divided on the issue, it is incredibly unlikely to be passed.
Biden’s plans to double down his efforts to get the American people to support his agenda here are simply ignorant. They know what he is up to, and most good Americans want no part of it. Those who chose to take the loans took them with full awareness of the implications behind those contracts. If not, then they have learned a painful lesson about reading things before you sign them.