Freshman Congresswoman and progressive posterchild, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has publically admitted her own student loan debt.
The revelation of AOC’s college debt occurred during a congressional hearing, during which the leader of the so-called “squad” made her student loan payment!
“I literally made a student loan payment while I was sitting here at this chair, and I looked at my balance, and it was $20,237.16,” said the New York lawmaker. “I just made a payment that took me down to $19,000 so I feel really accomplished right now.”
Ocasio-Cortez, a Boston University graduate, was attending a House Financial Services Committee hearing on the estimated $1.5 trillion in student debt in the country. Consumer advocates, experts and public figures testified on different ways to bring the number down.
Ocasio-Cortez is one of nearly 70 members of Congress who are still paying off student loans for themselves or a dependent — with an average debt burden of $37,000. Eight lawmakers are said to have more than $100,000 in debt.
“I’m hearing people on this committee say it’s not our job,” Ocasio-Cortez said, referring to testimony from Republicans during the hearing. “This is our job,” she said.
Despite AOC’s admonishment of House Republicans, last month, President Trump signed an executive order to cancel student loan debts for permanently disabled veterans.