White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre is being mocked for saying people should make their loan payments, despite the Biden Administration’s policy of preventing foreclosures and forgiving student loan debt.
Jean-Pierre was making a comparison regarding the battle in Congress over the terms of raising the debt ceiling, during a press conference on Monday:
"If you buy a car, you are expected to pay the monthly payment.
“If you buy a home, you are expected to pay the mortgage every month.
“That is the expectation. That is the spending that you put forth or the spending that you may have done before, and now you’re paying every month.
“If you do not pay your car payment, if you do not pay your mortgage, then your credit is going to be bad, it’s going to hurt your credit.”
“It's that simple. It is very, very simple. It is the right thing to do," Jean-Pierre concluded.
Conservatives quickly took to Twitter to call out the hypocrisy.
KJP: "If you buy a car, you are expected to pay the monthly payment...It's that simple." pic.twitter.com/UBjaxesvJG— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) May 8, 2023
“Wait, we're being lectured on paying your bills by the administration that tried to maintain the eviction moratorium and bail out college loans?” commentator and author Ben Shapiro tweeted, reacting to a Townhall.com video of the press secretary’s comments.
“What a novel idea. Now do student loans…” Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) replied to the video.
“Now do students loans, @PressSec,” former Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos also wrote to Jean-Pierre.
Indeed, it took a ruling by the Supreme Court to prevent Pres. Biden from continuing to extend his moratorium on mortgage foreclosures, as The New York Times reported in November 2021:
“The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected the Biden administration’s latest moratorium on evictions, ending a political and legal dispute during a public health crisis in which the administration’s shifting positions had subjected it to criticism from adversaries and allies alike.”
“The majority opinion, which was unsigned, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had exceeded its authority.”
Now, Biden is trying to forgive student loans – but, that too may denied by the Supreme Court, which will rule on the president’s plan in June, an update posted Monday by Newsweek reports:
“The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the plan would cost $430 billion over a 30-year period. The Supreme Court, as part of the Biden v. Nebraska case, is expected to make a decision this June on whether the plan will legally stand.”
“The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) announced Monday that over 615,000 individuals have had their student loans forgiven through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program since October 2021, totaling approximately $42 billion.”