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Warren stalls Biden’s higher education pick over student loan policies

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren is blocking a swift confirmation for President Joe Biden’s pick to be the No. 3 official at the Education Department as she presses the administration over its management of the $1.6 trillion portfolio of federal student loans.

The Massachusetts Democrat has placed a hold on the nomination of James Kvaal to be undersecretary of education, a source familiar with the process confirmed to POLITICO on Tuesday.

Warren’s roadblock is the latest escalation of pressure on the Biden administration from progressives who want to see more aggressive and quicker action on student loan debt.

Warren and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer have been publicly lobbying Biden for months to use executive action to wipe out $50,000 of student loan debt per borrower. Biden has been dismissive of that idea, though the White House has said it’s still reviewing its options.

But Warren’s hold on the Kvaal nomination is not over the $50,000 student debt cancellation proposal, according to the source. Instead, Warren is seeking........

© Politico

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