(Molly Bruns, Headline USA) Rumors about infighting in the White House have been brewing for some time, but according to a recent report by Politico, the issue of student debt may be the final straw for Vice President Kamala Harris.
In April, Harris’ office started collaborating with the President Joe Biden’s staff to make a promotional video for the administration’s extension of the pause on federal student loan payments.
However, according to two White House officials, Harris’ office opted out. Ultimately, Biden released his own video and Harris published an official statement.
Harris has privately advocated for a cripplingly expensive and radical loan forgiveness scheme, and a source from the White House has stated that she was initially interested in participating in the administration’s promotional campaign around the issue.
However, she has reportedly become wary of being the public face of student loan forgiveness—partially because of the contention surrounding the issue, but also because Biden’s approach is not forgiving enough.
Biden’s approach to student loan forgiveness is not as extreme as many of his Democrat counterparts. When asked if he would cancel $50,000 of debt per debtor at a CNN town hall, he simply said, “I will not make that happen.”
“It’s just simply not what he thinks is the right policy solution,” a White House official explained. “As we’ve long said, the administration is continuing to assess options for student debt relief—this is not something new. We’ll have more to announce.”
The official did mention there are other forms of debt relief the Biden administration is considering.
According to Twitchy, people found Harris’ hesitance quite hilarious:
She thinks she has a long-term 😂😂😂 https://t.co/YFFT4awgKN
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) May 5, 2022
A Vice President who is unwilling to enthusiastically back *any* policy decision by the President should resign.
I’m no Biden fan, but Biden deserves better. https://t.co/FePmf5sgqI
— Logan Dobson (@LoganDobson) May 5, 2022
There are a lot of unprincipled politicians in DC, but it’s almost funny extent to which the only thing Harris cares about is advancing her political career. Every policy she adopts and decision she makes is guided almost exclusively by that. https://t.co/OArldzgtx3
— AG (@AGHamilton29) May 5, 2022