Florida Sen. Rick Scott says he opposes student loan forgiveness because it’s not ‘fair’ for people like him | Florida News | Tampa

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Rick Scott at CPAC 2022 in Orlando.

President Joe Biden continues to consider canceling student loans amid a two-year suspension of payments, but a Florida senator fears it’s unfair to those who haven’t incurred such debt.

Senator Rick Scott has suggested that a decision to write off or write off student loan debt would disadvantage people who “paid for their education” as he did.

Scott made the remarks during an interview Wednesday on “The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show.”

“I know I got help from the GI Bill because I was in the US Navy,” Scott said.

“But they went to work full time. Either their parents worked full time, or their grandparents worked full time to pay for their education so they wouldn’t have debt.

Scott, the wealthiest member of the US Senate, was adamant.

“If they’re going to go into debt, they need to have a plan to pay it off.”

Scott continued to press against the pardon proposals during an interview Wednesday night on Newsmax during an interview with Sean Spicer.

“As far as telling this little group of people that they get their debt forgiven when other people did what I did,” Scott said, referring back to the GI Bill.

“There are people like us who have done this all over the country,” Scott advised. “They shouldn’t be treated any worse than the people who went out and took on these debts.”

Currently, federal student loan payment deadlines are on hold, with a moratorium in effect until August 2022. But pressure has been mounting from Democrats for Biden to move forward with a cancellation plan. debt. More than $1.6 trillion is owed by 43 million people. As The Associated Press reported earlier this month, seven million Americans are in default.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday that policy action was imminent and that Biden would “make a decision on any student debt cancellation before this pause on student loans concludes” in August.

This article first appeared in Florida Politics.