SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock marked his 100th day in office Friday by hosting a virtual town hall.
“These last 100 days have been busy. They come at a consequential time in our nation’s history when the work that we do is incredibly important,” the Savannah native said.
Warnock virtually answered an assortment of question’s submitted by Georgians. Topics ranged from the state’s new voting laws, improving internet access in more rural areas and eliminating student loan debt.
“As we get ready to put forward the American Jobs Plan, which is about infrastructure, just know that I’ll be thinking about the rural towns and cities, making sure they have access to rural broadband,” said Warnock. He added that 10% of the state still doesn’t have any access to internet services, while 38% only have one viable internet option in their area.
When the topic of student loan debt came up, Warnock spoke passionately.
“We ought to provide student loan debt of up to $50,000,” he said. “The average burden of student loan debt in Georgia is $40,000. This would make a huge difference in the lives of so many.”
Warnock’s election in January, along with Sen. Jon Ossoff, handed Democrats control of the Senate — a key factor in easing hurdles for the Biden administration’s agenda.
Celebrating his own 100 days in office, President Joe Biden held a rally in Atlanta Thursday and brought the two Georgia senators on stage.
“Thank you Georgia, for making it possible for Congress to pass historic, expansive relief, and to start to turn the corner on this once in a century pandemic,” Warnock said.
“Without Georgians, we would not be as far along as we are today,” he added.