Senator Marco RubioD., a Republican from Florida, faced criticism online after he said Saturday that he paid off his student loan debts with money he earned by writing a book.
Reacting to his comments, Florida Representative Anna Fee Escamani said on Twitter: “It’s interesting how Rubio forgot to mention using $20,000 from his political committee to hire a ghost writer for his memoirs, which would be a violation of ethics.”
Eskamani was referring to the ghost writer who was reportedly hired to help write Rubio’s diary, American son in 2012. Rubio’s Restore America Political Action Committee (PAC) paid $20,000 to its ghost writer, political strategist Mark Salter, to help write the book, Melville House Publishing reported in 2015.
Producer Jordan Zachrin wrote, referring to some media reports that Salter said, “Rubio’s book was written by a man who was paid by political donors, and it was probably an ethical violation. Just do it, kids, and you’ll be fine,” referring to some media reports that It reported that Salter said he was paid for “projects unrelated to the book”. However, the Tampa Bay Times She stated in 2013 that he was paid to “help write a memoir”.
president Joe Biden On Wednesday, he announced a federal debt relief plan for student loans owed to some borrowers. Biden said that those who have student loans and receive less than $125,000 per year are eligible for $20,000 in student loan forgiveness if they receive Pell grants, while those who receive less than $125,000 per year and do not receive a Pell grant will be eligible To get $10,000 in loan forgiveness. However, Rubio among others Republicans The plan was criticized by some as “unfair”.
“I think student loan in America is a huge problem and it’s broken and needs fixing and needs fixing, and I have bipartisan ideas that I’ve been pushing for years to do that,” Rubio told Fox News. “This is illegal. The president doesn’t have the authority to do this. He’s not an emperor. He can’t just with the stroke of a pen cancel $300-400 billion in student loans…it’s unfair.”
In another reaction to his remarks, MP Val DemingsD., a Florida Democrat, wrote: “Marco Rubio’s advice to Florida people struggling with student debt: Become a professional politician and make money from your position. I have a better idea, let’s elect someone who will actually show up and fight for Florida.”
Meanwhile, in response to Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan, Texas Republican senator Ted Cruz He said on Friday that a “lazy barista” Taking advantage of loan forgiveness may help Democrats Mid-term later this year, while the representative of Georgia Marjorie Taylor Green He described the program as “completely unfair” during a Wednesday interview on me Newsmax.
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