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Coronavirus Aid

315 petitions

Update posted 3 hours ago

Petition to Joseph R. Biden, Miguel Cardona

President Biden: Cancel student loans in the first 100 days.

Trillions could be injected into the economy with no money needed from the Treasury, and nothing added to the national debt.   Federal student loans have become a national threat.  Before the Pandemic,  One in every 5 adults in the U.S. had student loans, and over 80% of them were either unable to pay, or were paying but their balances were going up.  The default rate for 2004 students is 40%, and they took out less than a third of what today's students have to borrow. The default rate for current borrowers will easily exceed 75%, if not far higher.  This is more than four times the default rate of sub-prime home mortgages.   By every reasonable metric, this is a catastrophically failed lending system. This is not a partisan problem. Nineteen of the states owe more than their total state budgets in student loan debt, and most of these are "red" states. More than half of all student loan borrowers identify as being politically independent, or republican. More than 40% never graduated.   All are trapped by a uniquely predatory lending system from which nearly every consumer protection has been stripped- including  bankruptcy rights that the Founders called for ahead of the power to raise an army and declare war in the Constitution.  The predatory, hyper-inflationary lending system that has resulted is what the Founders feared. The citizens must not, and should not tolerate this unconstitutional lending scam any longer. The President and Secretary of Education have all the authority needed issue an executive order cancelling all federally owned student loans- about 85% of all student debt. Nothing would be added to the national debt, and no tax appropriation would be needed.  This is, by far, the least expensive, and most expedient way to inject trillions into the economy.  President Biden must to do this in his first 100 days in office.  He must also issue an executive order returning bankruptcy protections to student loans, and urge Congress to do the same for ALL student loans. Critics claiming that cancelling loans will largely benefit people who don't need it are completely wrong.  100% of all borrowers were determined to be "financially needy" as a condition for federal loans. 80% were never going to be able to repay them before the pandemic.  The highest balance borrowers are over 50.  They outnumber people under 25 with student loans and owe 3 times more, despite having borrowed far less.  What's more: the most successful student loan borrowers tend to refinance their loans out of the federal system, so would not benefit from federal loan cancellation. Analysts have predicted that cancelling student loans will increase GDP by about $100 billion for the next ten years, but they do not take into account the borrowing capacity (and thus spending) that such a move would free up. This would be another $1 Trillion injected into the economy in the near and medium term.  Some experts even believe that debt cancellation is the only way to avoid a depression. Rest assured, the taxpayers will be fine.  The federal government has been profiting wildly on these loans for many years, and decades of White House Budget data show that the Department of Education has even been making a profit on defaulted loans.  On balance, the taxpayer will have very little- perhaps no- net loss when these loans are cancelled. This is an historic opportunity for President Biden to do what he said he was going to do, cure a recession, and create a better higher education financing system for the country. This is YOUR PETITION.  It requires more than your signature to succeed.   Get everyone you know to sign, and paste the link to it wherever student loan borrowers are likely to see it (Twitter, Facebook, etc.)  Also, contact your local media, and tell them to cover it. We've had enough.  We don't have to take this.  Petition created by Alan Collinge, founder of StudentLoanJustice.Org and author of The Student Loan Scam (Beacon Press).  

student loan justice.org
982,800 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley

Financial Relief for Young Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic

My name's Austin, and I'm a sophomore attending Oregon State University. Many young adults and I are receiving no financial relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. Congress recently passed H.R. 748. This will provide $1,200 for taxpayers who: Make under $75,000 per year; Cannot be claimed as a dependent on someone else's taxes. Many young adults will be claimed as a dependent on their parents' 2019 taxes, making them ineligible to receive financial relief. This is especially devastating for college students who are losing their on campus jobs and need to cover a large number of their expenses such as books, housing, and tuition costs. H.R. 748 also fails to provide any additional relief for parents claiming the young adult as a dependent. H.R. 748 states taxpayers with children will receive "an amount equal to the product of $500 multiplied by the number of qualifying children (within the meaning of section 24(c)) of the taxpayer." The referenced section 24(c), which regards the child tax credit, states, "The term 'qualifying child' means a qualifying child of the taxpayer (as defined in section 152(c)) who has not attained age 17."   This means anyone claimed as a dependent who is between 17-years-old and 24-years-old will receive no form of financial relief. This is financially devastating to young adults, college students, and their families. Congress must pass a bill that will provide financial relief for young adults who can be claimed as a dependent. Please send any questions to austinlgoergen@gmail.com.

Austin Goergen
4,806 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Governor John Carney, Delaware general assembly

State of Delaware - Provide Financial Relief to Restaurant/Tourism Workers

As the impact of COVOID-19 begins to effect our nation's economy, Delaware's Governor made the difficult - but necessary decision to greatly limit restaurant and entertainment operations across our state.  This decision cripples Delaware's fourth largest private sector job producer. Unlike the healthcare & finance sectors, the workforce is mostly comprised of hourly & tip dependent workers. As supporters of bartenders, dishwashers, line-cooks, ushers, musicians, dancers,  comedians, servers, hosts, box office managers, and more - we urge the Delaware General Assembly & Governor John Carney to take swift action to make the workers in this industry whole again with emergency temporary action. Whether it is increasing unemployment or providing relief from the State's "rainy day fund" - any action will be appreciated.  While some private companies are able to provide some form of compensation to their employees during this crisis - the reality is that many can not.  We fully support the reasoning behind limiting the operations of this vital industry, and respectfully ask the State to act quickly to support one of its most vulnerable working populations. We recognize that our local and federal officials will be juggling difficult decisions around the clock - but the reality is that if we are not on the floor serving our customers, we are not able to keep a roof over our head, our healthcare paid for (as we typically do not have insurance offered), or our lights on.   

Peter Briccotto
16,326 supporters