President Joe Biden made headlines earlier this summer when he announced that taxpayers would be on the hook for hundreds of billions worth of student loans.
However, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit ruled last month that the offer was unlawful. Yet, as the Daily Wire noted, Biden’s administration is still telling borrowers that debt relief is on the table.
Admin seeks high help
The website cited a recent report from Business Insider, which said that some student borrowers had received an email message from Education Secretary Miguel Cardona regarding their debt.
“We have sent this approval on to your loan servicer,” the message from Cardona read. “You do not need to take any further action.”
Moreover, the administration has set up a website where borrowers can get eligibility information and is touting the debt relief program on social media.
Beginning today, applicants and others seeking relief through the Biden-Harris Administration’s Student Debt Relief Plan will begin receiving updates. Don’t worry if you don’t get an email today – more are coming.
— Secretary Miguel Cardona (@SecCardona) November 19, 2022
Biden’s plan allows those who make less than $125,000 per year to walk away from $10,00 worth of debt. Meanwhile, individuals who went to college with the assistance of Pell Grants would be entitled to $20,000 in debt forgiveness
The Daily Wire reported last week that Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar is asking the Supreme Court that Biden’s debt scheme be allowed to continue.
“The Eighth Circuit’s erroneous injunction leaves millions of economically vulnerable borrowers in limbo, uncertain about the size of their debt and unable to make financial decisions with an accurate understanding of their future repayment obligations,” she was quoted as saying in a court filing.
Ploy for votes
On the other hand, lawyers for Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and South Carolina say Biden lacks the authority to unilaterally make such a move.
Biden has taken criticism from some on the left who say he knew debt forgiveness would get tied up in the courts but nevertheless held it out as a cynical ploy to get votes.
That’s the opinion of former Bernie Sanders campaign staffer Briahna Joy Gray, who tweeted, “They used the promise of student debt cancellation to induce young voter turnout — knowing it wasn’t going anywhere bc they relied on faulty legal authority.”