Pacific Legal Foundation, a non-profit organization that has defended Americans endangered by government overreach and abuse since 1973, has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education to prevent it from canceling more than $500 billion in student loan debt.
“Less than eight weeks ago, I announced my administration’s plan to forgive up to $10,000 in federal student debt and up to $20,000 if you received a Pell Grant for folks earning less than $125,000 a year.
Today, I’m announcing how millions — millions of people, working- and middle-class folks, can apply for — to get this relief. And it’s simple, and it’s now. It’s easy. It’s fast,” Biden told audiences this week, forgetting to tell people about the lawsuit that was filed to stop him.
Late in August 2021, Joe Biden, a Democrat, issued an executive order mandating the cancellation of all student debt, leaving economists and others aghast at the dishonest political tactic, which would destroy several US institutions.
As stated by the EO:
“To address the financial harms of the pandemic for low- and middle-income borrowers and avoid defaults as loan repayment restarts next year, the Department of Education will provide up to $20,000 in loan relief to borrowers with loans held by the Department of Education whose individual income is less than $125,000 ($250,000 for married couples) and who received a Pell Grant. Nearly every Pell Grant recipient came from a family that made less than $60,000 a year, and Pell Grant recipients typically experience more challenges repaying their debt than other borrowers. Borrowers who meet those income standards but did not receive a Pell Grant in college can receive up to $10,000 in loan relief.”
Pacific Legal Foundation has distinct objectives.
According to Charity Navigator, the Education Advocacy organization litigates nationwide to protect the intrinsic rights of all Americans to live responsibly and effectively in their pursuit of happiness. PLF combines ethical and effective litigation, communications, and research to produce major court victories upholding the individual liberty guarantee in the Constitution.
“Governments at all levels undermine liberty by passing laws that interfere with peoples right to freely associate and express themselves, acquire and use property, or earn an honest living. We use bold and innovative strategies to challenge burdensome laws in courts and legislatures across the country, and in the hearts and minds of the American public. Thanks to our donors’ support, we represent all our clients for free,” the organization stated on its main website.
According to a press release from the organization, Joe Biden’s initiative to eliminate all student debt is described as follows:
“Congress did not authorize the executive branch to unilaterally cancel student debt,” said Caleb Kruckenberg, an attorney at Pacific Legal Foundation. “It’s flagrantly illegal for the executive branch to create a $500 billion program by press release, and without statutory authority or even the basic notice and comment procedure for new regulations.”
President Biden stated in August 2022 his intention to forgive up to $20,000 in student loan debt per individual for more than 40 million Americans. The Department of Education bases its argument on an obsolete, 20-year-old law: The HEROES Act, which was meant to benefit veterans and their families, permits the government to alter student loans in times of war or national disaster.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
Whatever the motives of the president for transferring massive amounts of student debt to taxpayers in a rushed, haphazard manner, it certainly seems like an election-year ploy. That is one of the predictable effects of the president usurping Congress’s power to make law. Not since President Trump imposed a nationwide eviction moratorium before the 2020 elections has a president abused his power so profoundly. CONTINUE READING…