Joe Biden slams coronavirus bill over lack of progressive policies

Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden says Democrats will have an opportunity to tack progressive policies such as student loan forgiveness and the Green New Deal onto the next coronavirus relief package.

“We’re gonna have an opportunity, I believe in the next round [of congressional economic aid] here, to use the — my green economy — my Green Deal to be able to generate both economic ground and consistent with the kind of infusion of money as we need into the system to keep it going,” Biden said during a Wednesday appearance on PBS NewsHour.

Biden’s campaign platform refers to the Green New Deal, a bill brought forward by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), as “a crucial framework for meeting the climate challenges we face” because it “powerfully captures” the basic truth that “our environment and our economy are completely and totally connected.”

In multiple interviews on Wednesday, the former Vice President discussed what policy areas he believes House and Senate Democrats need to push for in the next stimulus bill to aid those impacted by the pandemic.

 

“This bill doesn’t include student loan forgiveness, which would go a long way to provide an immediate relief for those who need it the most,” the Democratic frontrunner said in an NBC News appearance, “I support forgiving at least $10,000 in student loan debt per person now.”

Biden made the comment while discussing his gripes with the $2 trillion package passed by the Senate Wednesday, saying that the legislation leaves out young people and enriches CEOs and shareholders.

The ex-VP made similar comments earlier this week, writing in a tweet on Sunday that “we should forgive a minimum of $10,000/person of federal student loans, as proposed by Senator Warren and colleagues. Young people and other student debt holders bore the brunt of the last crisis. It shouldn’t happen again.”

Biden made the comments in reference to Senate Republicans original coronavirus relief proposal, which he and most Democrats opposed.

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