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White House pushes popularity of student loan plan after vote to block it

The White House on Friday pushed back on bipartisan votes in the House and Senate to block President Biden’s student debt relief plan, arguing the program is popular with Americans.

A measure to block the plan passed the Senate this week in a 52-46 vote and cleared the GOP-majority House in a party-line vote last month, with two Democrats joining Republicans.

When asked Friday if those votes imply that the American people don’t agree with the plan, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre responded that Biden’s plan “is actually very popular with Americans.”

“I don’t think protecting American families or making sure that we give them a little bit of breathing room is going against the will of the American people,” she said.

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