Rep. Nadler ties monkeypox outbreak with COVID-19, calls for cancellation of student debt

Rep. Nadler ties monkeypox outbreak with COVID-19, calls for cancellation of student debt

On Monday, Congressman D-N. Y. tied the monkeypox outbreak with the COVID-19 epidemic in arguing for the complete cancellation of U.S. student debt.

With student loan repayments set to resume on August 31 st and COVID-19 and Monkeypox cases on the rise, I once again request that POTUS issue an executive order to cancel student debt, Nadler tweeted.

Nadler s office did not respond immediately to FOX Business's request for clarification.

The recent monkeypox outbreak is related to the severity of the COVID-19 epidemic, which is why student loan repayments were paused in the first place under the Trump administration. The pause has been extended multiple times since, and is set to end at the end of the month.

President Biden said he would make a decision on whether to issue a seventh extension on the pause in the coming weeks. According to multiple reports, he is considering removing student debt for current borrowers, it is simply a matter of dollar amount. There is consideration of what income cap might be set, if any.

Sources familiar with the White House told the Wall Street Journal that the White House is considering several options, including one confirmed by former press secretary Jen Psaki earlier this year, that involves giving $10,000 in student debt, a promise Biden made while campaigning for president for anyone making less than $125,000.

Biden announced Tuesday a team to coordinate and manage the White House's monkeypox response efforts after California, Illinois and New York declared states of emergency over the virus.

The two officials, Robert Fenton and Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, are expected to coordinate and manage response efforts across the White House and all federal departments and agencies, as well as work with local, state, national and international stakeholders on tracking and fighting the spread of monkeypox.

The first case of monkeypox was confirmed in the United States on May 18. The symptoms are milder than smallpox symptoms and monkeypox is rarely fatal.

More than 1.1 million doses of vaccine have been available to states and cities around the country to control the spread of the disease, and the Biden administration has expanded testing capacity from 6,000 tests per week to more than 80,000 tests per week.