When David Bowen, a Wisconsin state lawmaker, saw that Biden was using his authority to ease student debt, he said he knew that it would be “a game changer” for many in his Milwaukee-based district who have struggled to make ends meet.

“With the cost of education being as high as it is right now, we have so many folks who have racked up debt, have strained their budgets to try to keep up with the costs of living, their plans for the families and futures,” said Bowen, a Democrat. “Overwhelmingly, this is a win perceived by working people and for working people.”

But less than 35 miles away, a different state lawmaker was coming to a different conclusion. When Barbara Dittrich, a Republican from Oconomowoc, Wis., saw the news, she thought of her own family. Her two daughters had already paid off their student loans, while their brother will now be eligible to have $10,000 written off, courtesy of the American taxpayer.

“Sure,” she wrote on Twitter, adding an eye-rolling emoji. “Sounds fair.” …

White House officials said they were eager to have a debate that put them on the side of students struggling to pay off loans, particularly the disproportionate number of Black Americans who form a major portion of Biden’s base.

“It’s not going to please everybody. He understands the policy is not,” said White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. “But he wants to make sure we’re giving families a little breathing room.”

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