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Opinion | About That Schumer-Manchin ‘Deficit Reduction’

Progressives have demanded that President Biden cancel student debt since before he set foot in the White House. But now many seem to want him to hold off. Could they be worried that going ahead would jeopardize West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin’s support for a budget reconciliation deal?

Last Thursday—the day after Mr. Manchin announced his agreement with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer—107 Democratic Members of Congress wrote a letter to Mr. Biden urging him to extend the pandemic pause on student loan payments and interest accrual past Aug. 31 when it is currently set to end. For how long, they don’t say.

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