In response to the Supreme Court hearing arguments related to two lawsuits challenging President Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan, NextGen America President Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez released the following statement:
“When President Biden stepped up last summer and proposed a historic plan to cancel up to $20,000 in student debt for borrowers nationwide, young people felt an overwhelming sense of joy, relief, and hope. Unfortunately, there are now partisan forces working to use the courts to block this necessary economic relief from borrowers. Today, the Supreme Court will begin hearings to decide the future of student debt cancellation, and with it, the financial futures of millions of Americans are on the line.
“The student debt crisis is a moral issue that demands immediate action, and these lawsuits opposing relief have no basis. It is imperative that the Court sees this for what it is: a political attack aimed at disenfranchising young people who want to see their government working for them. With over 40 million Americans eligible and more than 20 million set to have their debts fully canceled – student debt relief would boost the economy, begin to close the racial wealth gap, and level the playing field for those heavily impacted by student debt.
“NextGen America has been fighting for progress on student debt relief, and as we prepare for the Court’s decision in the coming months, we are not slowing down our call for change and our push for affordable and accessible pathways to higher education.”
About NextGen America
NextGen America is the leading national organization for engaging young people through voter education, registration and mobilization. We invite 18-to-35 year olds — the largest and most diverse generation in American history — into our democracy to ensure our government works for them and to find new solutions to the dire challenges facing our society and the world. Since 2013, NextGen America has registered more than 1.3 million young voters and contacted 9.6 million young eligible voters during the historic 2022 midterm elections.