Published By: Cronkite News
Author: Lillie Boudreaux
WASHINGTON – Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema joined two Democrats and all Senate Republicans Thursday to narrowly approve a bill overturning a federal program that would provide student debt relief to 16 million people, including more than 300,000 in Arizona.
The vote is largely symbolic – President Joe Biden has vowed to veto the bill to protect one of his campaign promises and the Supreme Court is expected to rule this month on a challenge to the debt-forgiveness plan.
Biden has said the plan benefits the middle class, since 90% of relief would go to people earning less than $75,000 a year. But Sinema joined other critics who said it penalizes those who were responsible with their debt and paid off their loans.