Biden campaigns on student loan debt relief, and GOP claims he’s buying votes

President Joe Biden touted his latest round of student loan debt relief Wednesday in California and promised to continue sending emails to qualifying borrowers alerting them that they are eligible for forgiveness through his various debt programs.

Both the president and Vice President Kamala Harris have campaigned heavily on their student debt initiatives in the face of waning support among young voters, yet Republicans have openly accused Biden of trying to buy votes with the programs ahead of the 2024 election.

Biden’s initial attempt to extend $10,000 blanket forgiveness to student loan borrowers was ultimately struck down by the Supreme Court in 2023, but his administration has continued with multiple “Plan B” initiatives in the following months. In total, Biden has extended $138 billion in student loan debt relief for nearly 3.9 million borrowers since entering office, though
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