White House Twitter account calls out politicians who got PPP loans forgiven, complains about student debt forgiveness
Some critics of President Joe Biden’s plan to write off $10,000 in federal student loan debt are being challenged by the White House Twitter Account.
Biden on Wednesday announced a federal government plan to forgive $10,000 in federal student loan debt and an additional $10,000 for Pell Grant recipients, for borrowers earning less than $125,000.
The Biden administration says the move will bring relief to about 43 million people, and nearly half of those borrowers will have their student debts fully forgiven.
However, not everyone thought the plan was a good idea.
“It’s completely unfair,” Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene said. “Taxpayers who have never taken out a student loan, taxpayers who are paying their bills and who may have never been to college and who are just hard workers, they shouldn’t have to pay back the huge student debt.”
But the White House reminded the congresswoman that she had $183,504 in Canceled Paycheck Protection Program loans, which were granted by the US Small Business Administration during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The White House also called Rep. Vern Buchanan for writing off more than $2.3 million in PPP loans, Rep. Markwayne Mullin for writing off more than $1.4 million in PPP loans, and Rep. Kevin Hern for canceled more than $1 million in PPP loans.
“Asking plumbers and carpenters to repay the loans of Wall Street advisers and lawyers is not only unfair. This is also bad policy,” Rep. Mike Kelly tweeted.
So the White House quote tweeted it saying Kelly had $987,237 in canceled PPP loans.
Finally, the White House called out Matt Gaetz for canceling $482,321 in PPP loans.
The tweets received hundreds of thousands of retweets and replies.
“Literally, whoever is in charge of the White House account needs an immediate promotion and raise! It’s priceless,” a person tweeted.
Others weren’t so happy.
“I assume the White House will ensure that every person receiving a tuition bailout is named publicly,” another person said. tweeted.
The Center for American Progress tweeted out a longer list of Republican congressmen who got PPP loans forgiven.
Some also questioned whether it was a violation of the Hatch Act.
“How is this not a violation of the Hatch Act”, Sebastian Gorkaa former deputy aide to President Trump, tweeted.
“Is the statement of objective facts a violation of the Hatch Act? I know Republicans think the truth is political,” a Twitter user replied in Gorka.
The Hatch Act of 1939 prohibits most White House and cabinet officials from using federal resources — including official appearances or social media pages — to campaign for a candidate or party, or to strike an opponent.
In a 2021 report, the Office of the Special Advisor named at least 13 senior officials for abusing their authority by playing politics for President Donald Trump, including former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the former publicist Kayleigh McEnany.
Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington, a watchdog and advocacy group that has long tracked Hatch Act violations, previously told MassLive that officials can use federal resources to highlight administration policy — but they cannot use their position and influence to disparage opponents or pitch their candidate to the public.
Rep. Mullen responded to the White House tweet.
“Another ignorant attack from a career politician who never created a single job,” he said. wrote. “74 days to midterms, Joe Biden is targeting business owners to protect their employees from government shutdowns. President Trump has always supported American workers and job creators.
Some Twitter users responded to Mullen asking if he was going to repay the loan.