President Joe Biden made no mention of student loan forgiveness at his State of the Union address on Tuesday. Yet a spokesperson for the administration says cancellation remains on the table.
White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said a decision on whether to forgive student debt through executive action will be made before the payments resume. The bills, which have been on pause since March 2020, are currently scheduled to start back up again in May.
“The president is going to look at what we should do on student debt before the pause expires, or he’ll extend the pause,” Klain said on the podcast “Pod Save America,” which was posted Thursday night.
The payment pause has already been extended five times throughout the pandemic.
Some Democrats, advocates and borrowers have been frustrated that Biden has made little to no mention of loan cancellation since he’s been in office. On the campaign trail, he promised to quickly cancel $10,000 per borrower.
In addition to skipping the topic in his speech to the nation this week, he also didn’t answer a reporter’s question if he planned to still cancel the debt at a recent news conference.
The White House has maintained that the president is still considering cancellation.