This week’s Sunday talk shows are likely to focus on the impending end of a pause in federal student loan payments and the defeat of Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) in her bid for reelection to the House of Representatives.
In March of 2020, at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, then-President Trump suspended student loan payments, and President Biden has extended the pause several times throughout his administration. There has been no word from federal officials regarding whether or not they intend to grant another extension of the current pause, which is set to expire at the end of the month.
A Tuesday interview with “CBS Mornings” revealed that Education Secretary Miguel Cardona would not confirm or deny whether the Biden administration would maintain the freeze. He did, however, assure me that the issue is discussed frequently within the administration and that a decision will be made “soon.”
Although Cardona did not make an official announcement, he did say, “We are in daily conversations with the White House, and borrowers will know directly and soon from us when a decision is made.”
There is pressure on the Biden administration to write off some of the borrowers’ debt, and President Biden has asked Congress to send a bill to his desk that would do just that.
However, since Congress is unlikely to reach a consensus on the issue, Biden may need to take executive action in order to cancel the debt. He has requested that Cardona look into his presidential powers in regards to debt cancellation.
Even though progressives have pushed for him to forgive up to $50,000 in debt per borrower, Biden has indicated he is more likely to forgive a smaller amount, perhaps $10,000.
More than 1.6 million borrowers will benefit from the nearly $32 billion in loan forgiveness that has been approved by the administration. Many of them went to schools that have since been exposed for engaging in fraudulent practices or misleading their students.
Cardona, who will appear on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and CBS’s “Face the Nation,” said, “I can’t get into the conversations we’re having daily, but I will tell you that from day one, the president’s been very clear about making sure we’re leading with students first.”
Near the end of last month, more than a hundred Democrats in the House and Senate signed a letter to Biden urging him to prolong the pause.
In April, Republicans introduced a bill to end the freeze and restrict the president’s ability to suspend payments in the future, despite Democratic efforts to have the pause extended by Vice President Joe Biden.
There will also likely be talk of Cheney’s loss of Wyoming’s at-large House seat to Trump-backed challenger Harriet Hageman.
Cheney’s defeat brings the total number of Republican House members who lost their reelection bids this year to four. All four had voted to impeach former President Trump for his role in inciting the mob prior to the insurrection on January 6.
There were six Republican senators and representatives who voted to impeach Trump; four of them have decided not to run for reelection, and two have made it through the primaries to the general election.
Cheney’s loss was further evidence of Trump’s sway within the Republican Party and of the damage done to Cheney’s reputation among Republican voters since the insurrection of January 6, 2021.
Since leaving office, Trump has gone after many of the Republicans who voted to impeach him, with Cheney being one of his primary targets.
Cheney had been serving as chair of the House Republican conference, but she was removed from that position after she voted for impeachment and harshly criticized President Trump and his efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. She is one of two Republicans in the House to have served on the special committee looking into the attack on January 6.
Even though Cheney’s term in Congress will end in January, she has hinted that she may continue working in politics.
Cheney stated that she is “thinking about” a presidential run in 2024, and that she will make a decision “in the coming months” after her primary loss. On Wednesday, she filed the necessary paperwork to convert her campaign account into a leadership PAC called The Great Task.
Cheney will be a guest on “This Week” on ABC.
These are all the people who will be on Sunday talk shows this week:
Representative Liz Cheney on ABC’s “This Week” (R-Wyo.)
Education Secretary Miguel Cardona and Representatives Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) and Andy Barr appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” (R-Ky.)
Cardona, Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio), Deborah Birx, former White House COVID-19 response coordinator, and David Laufman, former chief of counterintelligence at the Justice Department, appeared on the CBS program “Face the Nation” to discuss recent events.
Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.), Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), and Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) on CNN’s “State of the Union” (R-Texas)
Jennifer Granholm, Energy Secretary; Chris Sununu, Governor, on “Fox News Sunday” (R-N.H.)
Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures” featured Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Republican Lieutenant Governor Winsome Sears of Virginia, Republican Representative Brian Mast of Florida, Republican Senate nominee Joe Pinion of New York, and Republican strategist Stephen Miller.
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