Trump-Appointed Judge Strikes Down Joe Biden’s Student Loan Forgiveness Plan
(ConservativeSense.com) – President Joe Biden instituted a Student Loan Relief Program in August to wipe out up to $10,000 to $20,000 of student debt for individuals making less than $125,000 annually, leveraging the HEROES Act. Almost immediately, six states joined a lawsuit against the action, and the policy also faces five other lawsuits. On Thursday, November 10, Judge Mark Pittman, a federal judge in the Northern District of Texas Court appointed by former President Donald Trump, issued a ruling in one of those lawsuits striking down the debt-relief program.
In a 26-page decision, Judge Pittman declared the administration’s action overreached and usurped Congressional authority. Despite arguments submitted before him suggesting the HEROES Act justified the Executive branch’s action, Pittman wrote there was no denying the action was historically “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 American law.
NEWS: Federal judge in Texas strikes down Biden's student debt relief program, declaring it illegal. pic.twitter.com/02Doi3CXwC
— Michael Stratford (@mstratford) November 10, 2022
The Job Creators Network, a conservative group, represented Myra Brown and Alexander Taylor in their lawsuit. The debt-relief program left them disenfranchised, but they sued because the executive branch’s creation of the policy violated the rules set forth in the Administrative Procedure Act.
The White House issued a statement of disagreement with the ruling through press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, adding a partisan charge against “extreme Republican special interests” and insinuating those factions are working against economic recovery.
The program is halted — for now. The Biden administration immediately filed an appeal to Judge Pittman’s decision. Four additional suits are still working their way through the system.
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