As Joe Biden found himself dragged out into the 2020 election fray as a sort of Democratic “stopgap” candidate, he made some seriously progressive promises in an effort to court the liberal left.
Among these whimsical fantasies was the idea that he would somehow make a vast amount of Americans’ student loan debt just disappear – a prospect that sounds a whole lot like kicking the economic can through the taxpayer’s pockets via the federal government.
Now, as Biden continues to find ways to fulfill this wild campaign promise, he’s running into some judicial friction.
The Biden administration on Monday rebuked a group of six states hoping to undo its plans to forgive student loan debt for millions of Americans.
It’s the latest salvo in the ongoing legal bickering between conservative groups trying to derail the debt relief plan and the administration’s hope of erasing millions of borrowers’ debt – in keeping with a campaign promise – before the year’s end.Trending:
The federal government said the states had failed to prove they would be injured by the administration’s debt relief initiative. It also said any limitation the court handed down should be restricted to the states bringing the challenge, where about 2.8 million people are eligible for debt forgiveness.
The litigious path has been a winding one.
A federal judge in Missouri had dismissed the states’ case over a lack of standing, but the group then turned to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. That court granted them a stay, and it’s unclear how long it will last. The White House filed a response to that stay Monday.
Conservative have slammed the forgiveness initiative as an “extravagant” waste of money, and as inherently unfair to those Americans who’ve previously paid their way through higher education.