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Kvaal Confirmation Held Up in Senate by Democrat

June 22, 2021

A Democratic senator is preventing a full Senate vote to confirm James Kvaal as under secretary at the Department of Education, even though his nomination was reported out favorably by a Senate committee in April.

The unnamed senator is reportedly pressing for the Biden administration to broadly cancel student loan debt, according to a report by Bloomberg Government. And with the Senate split evenly between the two parties, it's harder for Democrats to move forward with a member of their own party holding up a vote on the top higher education post at the department.

The Department of Education and the Department of Justice have been examining President Biden's legal authority to cancel student debt through executive action after Biden asked for the review in February. Further action has yet to be taken.

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