Conservative Wisconsin Group Sues Over Biden’s Student Loan Proposal
Department of Education hopes to open debt relief applications later this month.
A fiscally conservative Wisconsin-based association of taxpayers is the latest group to sue over the Biden Administration’s student debt relief plan.
The Brown County Taxpayers Association filed its lawsuit Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, arguing the debt forgiveness plan violates the U.S. Constitution.
The Department of Education says it plans to open debt relief applications this month, with a deadline to apply by the end of 2023. Borrowers making less than $125,000 a year would be eligible to have up to $10,000 in federal student loans canceled, while those who received a federal Pell grant available to help low-income families pay for college could have up $20,000 forgiven.
The federal government is already fielding multiple lawsuits over the student debt plan. That includes one from six Republican-controlled states — Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and South Carolina — and another from Arizona’s attorney general.
The lawsuit filed in Wisconsin argues Democratic President Joe Biden and the U.S. Department of Education are violating the Constitutionally-mandated separation of powers by moving to cancel debt without Congressional approval.
And the suit says Biden’s administration improperly used a federal law called the Higher Education Relief Opportunities for Students Act, or HEROES Act, as a legal basis for forgiving the debt. That law, first passed in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, gives the Secretary of Education authority to waive student financial aid rules during times of war or other national emergencies, and both the Trump and Biden administration have previously cited it in order to pause student loan repayments and interest during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Conservative Wisconsin taxpayer group sues over Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan was originally published by Wisconsin Public Radio.