The White House And Dave Portnoy Clap Back At Members Of Congress Criticizing Biden's Student Loan Plan

Zinger Key Points
  • Several members of Congress spoke out against President Joe Biden's student debt relief plan.
  • The White House grilled members of Congress on Twitter who had PPP loans forgiven.
The White House And Dave Portnoy Clap Back At Members Of Congress Criticizing Biden's Student Loan Plan

A plan from President Joe Biden to cut student loan debt has divided the country with some feeling happy and others mad.

Among those speaking out against the plan are members of Congress, who feel Biden is being unfair. The official Twitter Inc TWTR account of The White House clapped back at those Congress members and saw some support from well-known sports personality Dave Portnoy.

What Happened: On Wednesday, Biden announced plans to extend a current loan payment freeze on student loans and forgive portions of federal student debt.

Under the plan, the Department of Education will provide up to $10,000 in relief for federal student loans for individuals who make less than $125,000 per year and married couples who make $250,000 or less. Those who received Pell Grants can receive relief of up to $20,000.

A freeze on federal student loan repayments was extended through the end of 2022 with payments to resume in January 2023.

Benzinga reported that the plan from Biden could provide student loan relief for up to 43 million people including eliminating student loan debt for 20 million Americans.

Congress Speaks Out: Several members of Congress have spoken out against Biden’s plan.

U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia went on Newsmax to share her thoughts on the plan.

“For our government to just say ok well your debt is completely forgiven, well obviously they have an agenda for that, they need votes in November,” Greene said.

Greene called the plan “completely unfair” and said that taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay off the “great big student loan debt.”

Vern Buchanan, a representative from Florida, criticized the impact on the middle class and blue-collar America.

“As a blue-collar kid who worked his way through college, I know firsthand the sacrifices people make to receive an education. Biden’s reckless, unilateral student loan giveaway is unfair to the 87 percent of Americans without student loan debt,” Buchanan tweeted.

The U.S. representative appeared on Fox Business earlier this week to voice his opposition. Buchanan said people in his state “feel outraged at where this is going.”

Markwayne Mullin, a U.S. representative for Oklahoma, said we don’t need people in Oklahoma paying the debt of “Ivy League lawyers and doctors” around the country.

“This places an undue burden on those already suffering due to the weight of Biden’s failed economic policy,” Mullin said.

Kevin Hern, another U.S. representative from Oklahoma, also criticized taxes being raised on “working-class Americans” and having people pay off “other people’s college degrees.”

Mike Kelly, a representative from Pennsylvania, called the student loan plan from Biden “bad policy.”

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, who represents Florida also criticized the student loan plan while getting a shot in about the “European land war” in the process.

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The White House Fires Back: The official White House account on Twitter shared the takes from members of Congress above including the video interviews of Greene and Buchanan discussing with the media the negatives of the plan.

The White House clapped back by sharing the amount of PPP (paycheck protection program) loans that each of these members of Congress took out that were forgiven.

Here is the amount for those mentioned on Twitter by The White House:

  • Greene: $183,504
  • Buchanan: $2.3 million
  • Mullin: $1.4 million
  • Hern: $1 million
  • Kelly: $987,237
  • Gaetz: $482,321

The tweet highlighted the SBA-backed loans that the members of Congress had that were forgiven, similar to student loan debt that is now being forgiven.

The White House also got support from sports personality Dave Portnoy, the founder of Barstool Sports, which is a unit of Penn Entertainment Inc PENN.

Portnoy famously raised money for small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“With everybody grandstanding about loans felt it was a good time to remind people Barstool qualified for PPP. We decided against asking for money cause we didn’t need it,” Portnoy tweeted. “Instead we raised $40 million for small businesses who did.

Portnoy shared a list of Republican members of Congress who had PPP loans forgiven. The list includes many listed above, as well as Roger Williams ($1.43 million) of Texas, Brett Guthrie ($4.3 million) of Kentucky and Carol Miller of West Virginia ($3.1 million), among others.

Biden’s plan may not make everyone happy or appeal to both Republicans and Democrats. The White House and Portnoy have both pointed to members of Congress seeing debt that they took on forgiven, a move that might keep more from speaking out publicly against Biden’s plan.

Photo: Cameron Smith photo, courtesy of White House (Flickr)



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11 Best Black Friday Deals on Amazon

11 Best Black Friday Deals on Amazon

The best Black Friday deals from Amazon are still coming hard and fast because the holiday is not yet upon us and the mega-retailer prefers to keep consumers on the hook for as long as possible—spending as much money as possible. 

To that end, here are some of the best Black Friday deals from Amazon that you might want to consider today.

Calphalon 10-Piece Pots and Pans Set

Regular Price: $172

Sale Price: $138.88

Calphalon’s 10-Piece Pots and Pans Set is designed with stainless steel, stay-cool handles along with pour spouts. The nonstick surface is PFOA-free and built with hard-anodized aluminum that is both durable and conducts heat extremely well. The set includes 2 fry pans, a sauce pan with cover, saute pan with cover and large stock pot with cover.

Apple AirPods 2nd Generation

Regular Price: $144

Sale Price: $85.49

The 2nd Generation AirPods from Apple connect to all Apple devices and give you an enhanced listening experience. Plus, they come with a case that keeps them safe and allows you to charge them in a secure environment. With over 24 hours of battery life, access to Siri and easy setup, you can start listening to your favorite tunes or podcasts today.

Adidas Ultraboost 21 Running Shoes

Regular Price: $129.98

Sale Price: $89.98

The Adidas Women’s Ultraboost 21 running shoe is perfect for anyone who likes a short run, maybe a 5K, half marathon or more. Coming in several colors and styles, you can slip these shoes on, enjoy the cushioned outsole, sink into the supple insole and secure laces.

Ninja AF101 Air Fryer

Regular Price: $129.99

Sale Price: $97.83

The Ninja AF101 Air Fryer allows you to crisp, roast, reheat and even dehydrate food products faster and cheaper than ever before. It has a 4-quart capacity and offers a wide temperature range along with several time settings so that you can customize each dish to your needs. Plus, all the parts are dishwasher safe.

Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones

Regular Price: $199.95

Sale Price: $99

Beats by Dr. Dre are among the best headphones on the market, and the Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones include the Apple W1 chip, Class 1 Bluetooth and 40 hours of battery time. These headphones even have a built-in microphone and offer an adjustable fit so that you can be comfortable whether you’re listening to an Android or iOS device.

Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner

Regular Price: $198.98

Sale Price: $175.98

The Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner allows you to keep your home spotless and clean up after your pets. The cleaner comes with the Hoover Paws and Claws Deep shampoo and a storage mat to keep the floor dry once it’s put away.

LG CordZero Auto Empty Cordless Stick Vacuum

Regular Price: $999.00

Sale Price: $851.71

The LG CordZero Auto Empty Cordless Stick Vacuum and Wet Mop All in One Tower is designed to work in homes with several pets or children and clean up all the messes that life brings. The battery lasts up to 2 hours, and there’s an extra removable battery that gives you even more cleaning time and power.

Breville Fresh and Furious Blender

Regular Price: $278.60

Sale Price: $199.95

Breville, a top name in blenders and juicers, offers the Fresh and Furious Blender, featuring 50-ounce capacity, Vac Q technology, pre-programmed cycles, LCD display and lid with pull ring. With the Fresh and Furious Blender, you can make everything from a smoothie to a soup and everything in between.

Hot Tools Professional 2000 Turbo Ionic Hair Dryer

Regular Price: $89.99

Sale Price: $55.63

The Hot Tools Professional 2000 Turbo Ionic Hair Dryer is designed for professional use, but it works perfectly in the home. With 1875 watts of power, 6 heat and speed settings and a lightweight design, you can easily style your hair and utilize the diffuser, cut back on the frizz and stretch the 8 ft cord for maximum functionality.

Columbia Heavenly Long Hooded Jacket

Regular Price: $160

Sale Price: $97.38

The Heavenly Long Hooded Jacket from Columbia is designed to be light for everyday use, but it’s heavy enough to protect you from the cold. The plush fleece lining, security pocket, water resistant fabric, 2-way zipper, and zippered hand pockets make the jacket both protective and functional.

ConAir InfinitiPro Hair Dryer

Regular Price: $49.99

Sale Price: $29.99

ConAir is one of the biggest names in hair and beauty, and the InfinitPro is an 1875 watt hair dryer designed for professionals with ceramic technology. The dryer comes with a diffuser and concentrator, and it allows you to blow out your hair just the way they would at the salon.

Deals the Experts Are Hoping For

Experts believe that Amazon’s Black Friday sale could linger for quite some time. It all started with the Prime Early Access sale on October 11 and 12. Previously, Amazon has offered the “Epic Deals” sale that ran through late October. 

This is to say that any sale could come up at any time. 

Even so, those monitoring Amazon are looking forward to a few potential deals, including:

  • Apple Watch
  • AirPods (any generation)
  • MacBook Pro
  • Large, underpriced TVs
  • Amazon Echo
  • More small home appliances (Dyson or Shark vacuums, Instant Pots, etc.) 

While these predictions are based on last year’s Amazon Black Friday Sale, it’s important to remember that most Black Friday sales are fairly consistent and push the products that are most likely to sell.


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