CJR Staff
November 12, 2022

Federal Judge Called Biden's Student Debt Relief Program 'Unlawful'

A federal judge in Texas has ruled that President Biden's student debt relief plan is unlawful.

The ruling is a huge win for a conservative advocacy group that challenged the plan as an unconstitutional move by Biden.

"The lawsuit was filed by the conservative Job Creators Network Foundation in October on behalf of a borrower who did not qualify for the full $20,000 in debt relief and another who is ineligible for the program," reports Washington Examiner.

Biden Program Ruled "Unlawful"

"Challengers to the president's multibillion-dollar college debt relief program say the administration violated federal procedures by denying borrowers the chance to offer public comment on the plan before its August unveiling," Washington Examiner reported.

U.S. District Judge Mark Pittman, appointed by former President Donald Trump, ruled that the program was "unlawful" in an order.

"No one can plausibly deny that it is either one of the largest delegations of legislative power to the executive branch, or one of the largest exercises of legislative power without congressional authority in the history of the United States," Pittman wrote.

The order, which is 26 pages long received some negative feedback from the Justice Department, which filed a notice of appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit within a couple of hours.

"We strongly disagree with the District Court’s ruling on our student debt relief program and the Department of Justice has filed an appeal," White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said. "The President and this Administration are determined to help working and middle-class Americans get back on their feet, while our opponents — backed by extreme Republican special interests — sued to block millions of Americans from getting much-needed relief."

"For the 26 million borrowers who have already given the Department of Education the necessary information to be considered for debt relief — 16 million of whom have already been approved for relief — the Department will hold onto their information so it can quickly process their relief once we prevail in court," Jean-Pierre added. "We will never stop fighting for hardworking Americans most in need — no matter how many roadblocks our opponents and special interests try to put in our way."

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Source: Washington Examiner

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