Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., slammed Republicans on Sunday over the recent $10,000 student loan forgiveness plan, pointing to their silence over other financial assistance decisions from the government.

Sanders highlighted that Republicans have a lot to say about the relief being "unfair" while Republican lawmakers have favored tax breaks for billionaires.

"I know it is shocking ... to some Republicans that the government actually, on occasion, do something to benefit working families and low-income people. I don't hear any of these Republicans squawking when we give massive tax breaks to billionaires," Sanders said in an interview on ABC's "This Week."

"Suddenly when we do something for working people, it is a terrible idea," Sanders added.

President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that borrowers making less than $125,000 a year will receive $10,000 in student loan forgiveness and up to $20,000 for people who had received Pell grants.

Sanders has been a long-time supporter of forgiving student loans, along with making public colleges and universities tuition-free.

"Well, the truth is, in a sense that criticism is correct but the answer is not to deny help to people who cannot deal with these horrendous student debts, who were delaying getting married, delaying even having children," Sanders said.

"The answer is that maybe, just maybe, we want to have a government that works for all working people and not just the people on top," Sanders added.