Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT), and Representatives Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) introduced legislation that would forgive the 1.6 trillion dollars of student loan debt faced by over 45 million Americans.
During the announcement, Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez to point out that inflated student loan debt has created a crisis for Americans as old as their 30's, whose lives are stalled due to economic hindrance.
Ocasio-Cortez confessed that even she is still stuck with student loan debt.
.@AOC on bill to eliminate all student debt: "It was literally easier for me to become the youngest woman in Americ… https://t.co/sXbeu3Skw3— Evan McMurry (@Evan McMurry)1561390612.0
"I will disclose my personal stake in this fight, because I have student loans too, and I think it's so funny: a year ago, I was waiting tables in a restaurant, and it was literally easier for me to become the youngest woman in American history elected to Congress than it is to pay off my student loan debt...I don't think that that is the bar through which a person should be able to access education, healthcare, and a bevy of other things that should be considered human rights."
This speaks volumes because Ocasio-Cortez's election was no easy feat—especially in the primary. The freshman Congresswoman defeated 13-time incumbent Joe Crowley to clench the Democratic nomination to represent New York's 14th District.
Americans everywhere applauded Ocasio-Cortez's strong statement.
@evanmcmurry @AOC Y’all act like we didn’t bail out big banks and General Motors in 2008 AND any kid fresh out of h… https://t.co/SFAEc00Ui0— Ana Lilia (@Ana Lilia)1561395734.0
@evanmcmurry @AOC I can’t wait until these baby boomer philosophies die out. Eliminate all student debt and I will… https://t.co/cLJAutX2NB— Pool Party Gaming (@Pool Party Gaming)1561397503.0
@evanmcmurry @shaunking @AOC I like how @AOC talks about health care, education, and other basic rights together—to… https://t.co/04DIYLAjtw— Green New Deal Penguin 🌅 (@Green New Deal Penguin 🌅)1561394614.0
@evanmcmurry @AOC This woman is something else... She really is V what the corrupt GOP opposes. She has integrity,… https://t.co/0jc7PkygQV— Coquimbo Azul (@Coquimbo Azul)1561403232.0
@evanmcmurry @AOC She is an angel and a Savior and to know that there are people in power that actually give a shit… https://t.co/GqFI5sx4nl— 🦓Zebra Funk🦓 (@🦓Zebra Funk🦓)1561398696.0