Biden administrator. considering canceling student loan debt under $50,000

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President Joe Biden is asking Congress for an additional $33 billion to help Ukraine resist the Russian invasion and provide humanitarian aid to the Ukrainian people.

The proposal, which the White House will send to lawmakers on Thursday, includes $20 billion in additional security and military aid for Ukraine, an additional $8 billion in economic aid and $3 billion in ‘humanitarian aid.

The administration said it would also seek permission to streamline the process for seizing sanctioned Russian assets and using the proceeds to help Ukraine in its war with Russia.

“The cost of this fight is not cheap, but giving in to aggression will cost more if we let it,” Biden said from the White House. “Either we support the Ukrainian people as they defend their country, or we stay while the Russians continue their atrocities and aggression in Ukraine.”

The funding request, which comes as the war enters its ninth week, would more than double the $13.6 billion defense and economic aid package for Ukraine and Western allies that Congress has adopted last month. Biden has nearly exhausted that aid.

Latest updates from Ukraine: Ukraine and Russia exchanged prisoners on Thursday, with 45 Ukrainians, including 5 wounded servicemen and 12 civilians, among those freed, Ukrainian authorities said. No information was immediately available on the Russians released by Ukraine.

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Biden eyes student loan debt forgiveness, but less than $50,000

As pressure mounts from progressives to provide relief to student borrowers, President Joe Biden said Thursday he plans to use executive power in the coming weeks to write off student loan debt — but less of $50,000.

“I’m looking at facing debt reduction,” Biden said when asked by USA TODAY. “I am carefully considering whether or not … there will be further debt forgiveness, and I will have a response on that within the next two weeks.”

Biden did not respond when asked how much he plans to cancel. The president faces growing pressure to offer widespread debt relief to student borrowers as the administration continues to suspend student loan repayments.

During the election campaign, Biden promised to forgive at least $10,000 of student debt for every American. Biden said Thursday he was not considering a $50,000 debt reduction — a figure some lawmakers have said the president has the power to forgive.

When did the payment freeze start? In March 2020, the federal government froze the requirement that the country’s 41 million borrowers repay their federal student loans. Biden extended the moratorium until August 31 after it expired in May.

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Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Title 42 Waiver

A federal judge issued an order on Wednesday to temporarily stop the Biden administration from ending Title 42, a Trump-era policy requiring the deportation of migrants from US borders to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced in April that it would end the policy on May 23 because it is “no longer needed” after “taking into account current public health conditions and increased availability of tools. to combat COVID-19″.

A lawsuit was filed by 21 Republican-run states after the CDC announcement.

U.S. District Judge Robert Summerhays said the order — effective for 14 days — prohibits the Biden administration from taking certain actions, such as increasing the treatment of migrants from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. under Title 8 instead of Title 42. Some migrants may be eligible to legally seek asylum or other immigration assistance under Title 8, which establishes when a migrant is not eligible for a visa or visa. admission to the country.

The administration is authorized to grant waivers of the policy on a case-by-case basis, according to the order.

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