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In a recent call with civil rights leaders, President-elect Joe Biden made it clear that he is NOT willing to use his executive powers to make any significant progressive change.

In a gut punch to progress, Biden said he would merely undo Trump’s disastrous executive orders, but would NOT push additional progressive policy actions that he said go "way beyond the bounds" of his authority.

Tell Joe Biden to move the country forward through actions like cancelling student debt -- and not settle for a return to the unequal 2016 status quo.

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Amid heightened working-class anger and despair, Biden seems to think returning to the Obama-era politics of playing it safe and not rocking the boat will deliver the American people from a healthcare and economic crisis -- despite these same hesitant politics having delivered us Donald Trump only four years ago.

Reversing Trump’s executive orders is simply not enough. And honoring “traditions” in the hope that a ruthless GOP will return the favor is a fool’s errand. The Republican Party has shown time and again that it will destroy precedents to benefit the super rich, corporate donors, and political power.  

Progressives know we should NOT unilaterally disarm in the name of traditions that GOP leaders regularly and willfully obliterate. The time is now for impactful actions that cannot be prevented by Mitch McConnell and the GOP.

Add your name to this petition to demand that Joe Biden sign an executive order to cancel student debt within his first 100 days.

Forty-five million people in this country are burdened with $1.7 trillion in student debt. An order to cancel student debt is not only morally just, it would serve as a crucial stimulus the U.S. people need. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer has encouraged Biden to take executive action on student debt.  

By canceling student debt, we can stimulate the economy from the ground up, push back against growing wealth gaps, and make it possible for young adults to pursue their dreams -- including careers helping the most vulnerable among us. As president, Joe Biden will have the power to administratively cancel billions in student loan debt.

We demand that Biden use that power. Sign the petition now.

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Background:
>> Marcia Brown, The American Prospect: "Biden Can Give Us Free College Without Congress. But Will He?"
>> Abigail Hess, CNBC: "Chuck Schumer says Biden could forgive $50,000 in student debt with executive order"
>> Ryan Grim, The Intercept: "Inside Biden’s Meeting With Civil Rights Leaders"



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