WA politicians agree college costs too much, disagree on student loan relief


KENNEWICK, Wash. — In light of the Biden Administration’s decision to forgive a portion of federal student loans for borrowers who make under $125,000 per year, some prominent Washington politicians offered opinions that completely oppose each other. However, they stand aligned on one simple point: gaining a college education is too expensive.

U.S. Senator Patty Murray, who is on the ballot for her sixth term representing Washington state, applauded the decision as Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Eastern Washington condemned the initiative.

“This action is a dramatic overreach of his authority, and it’s a slap in the face to every hardworking person in Eastern Washington who will now have to foot the bill,” McMorris Rogers stated. “Passing the burden of paying this debt to taxpayers–who either already paid off their loans or never took on any in the first place–is unfair to those who played by the rules and will only lead to more inflation and higher costs for those who can least afford them.”

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She continued to explain that the government’s focus shouldn’t be on “giving handouts to highly educated borrowers,” but instead to lower the rising cost of higher education to create a more level playing field. Furthermore, McMorris Rodgers expressed concern about how this will impact the country’s current deficit.

Inversely, Sen. Murray discussed how this relief will help wipe out crippling debt for people across Washington state and empower graduates to move on to the next phase of their lives.

” I hear from people in Washington state all the time about how student debt has been holding them back—preventing them from starting families, buying homes, and all too often, from simply making ends meet,” Murray stated. “And make no mistake: we can’t stop here. I’m going to keep fighting to make college more affordable. And I continue to urge the Administration to permanently fix the broken student loan system that’s holding borrowers back. That’s what I’ve been pushing to get done for months—and I won’t stop fighting until it’s a reality.”

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Coming from two completely opposite viewpoints, these two prominent Washington state politicians came back to the same topic: the cost of college is way too high for your average family or prospective student.

Representatives of Murray’s office confirmed that 782,000 borrowers in Washington state held $28.2 billion in federal student loan debt as of March 31, 2022. Of that some, more than 248,000 borrowers have balances of $10,000 or less. Although they won’t all be eligible, many of them will be able to move forward without making any more payments to federal lenders.

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