U.S. Representative Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, today discussed the potential ramifications of Democrats’ student loan forgiveness proposals. During a Ways and Means Republicans roundtable on “The Perils of President Biden’s Student Debt Forgiveness Plan,” Congresswoman Walorski exposed these schemes as “welfare for the rich.”

“My district is the manufacturing epicenter of the world. Here’s a sad reality. Democrats expect a highly-skilled welder who received technical training to bankroll the education of a stranger who freely chose to take on debt to finance their education. This is entitlement at its worst,” said Congresswoman Walorski.

She also encouraged universities to follow in the example of former Indiana governor and current Purdue University President Mitch Daniels, who has been able to freeze students’ tuition for more than a decade. 

“This ongoing conversation about ballooning student debt hasn’t included enough discussion about the complicity of universities. We all know tuition costs have been rising for years at places of all stripes…they all feed on the debt financed by federally-backed loans,” she added. “Purdue President Mitch Daniels has been able to freeze tuition at his school for almost 11 years. He has shown that you can provide high quality education while keeping tuition prices stable, and it’s a model I’d like to see in other schools across the country.”

Watch her full remarks here