Nancy Pelosi trolled by 93 House Republicans on student debt

Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrives at a reception to celebrate the 32nd anniversary of the passing of the Americans With Disabilities Act on July 26, 2022 in Washington, DC. House Republicans sent a joint letter to Pelosi Friday trolling her for a statement she made last year in which she said President Joe Biden didn't have unilateral authority to forgive student loan debt. 

Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrives at a reception to celebrate the 32nd anniversary of the passing of the Americans With Disabilities Act on July 26, 2022 in Washington, DC. House Republicans sent a joint letter to Pelosi Friday trolling her for a statement she made last year in which she said President Joe Biden didn't have unilateral authority to forgive student loan debt. 

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Dozens of House Republicans sent a joint letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Friday trolling her for saying last year President Joe Biden didn't have unilateral authority to forgive student loan debt. Biden announced earlier this week that the federal government would cancel up to $10,000 for borrowers making less than $125,000 per year. 

"He can postpone, he can delay, but he does not have that power," Pelosi said in July 2021. "That has to be an act of Congress."

The GOP has resurfaced Pelosi's old remarks in the days since Biden's announcement, and 93 House Republicans — including California Reps. Mike Garcia, Darrell Issa and David Valadao — sent a joint letter to Pelosi demanding that she hold Biden accountable for his "executive overreach."

"Although we may disagree on many things, your statement in July 2021 was correct," the Republicans wrote. "President Biden’s student loan giveaway is unconstitutional and illegal. Given your previously stated position and your leadership role as Speaker of the House, it is imperative that you act immediately in defense of our Constitution and the powers of the legislative branch." 

In a separate statement, Georgia Rep. Jody Hice — whose office issued the letter — also called on Pelosi to back up her July statement. 

“Speaker Pelosi has a choice to make," he said. "Will she cave to the President’s shockingly illegal act or will she back up her own words by taking swift action?"

Pelosi has not publicly addressed the comments she made last year. In a statement released after Biden's Wednesday announcement, Pelosi praised the president, but did not speak on the legal question at hand.

"President Biden’s bold action is a strong step in Democrats’ fight to expand access to higher education and empower every American to reach fulfillment," she said. "By delivering historic targeted student debt relief to millions of borrowers, more working families will be able to meet their kitchen table needs as they continue to recover from the challenges of the pandemic."