U.S. District Judge Mark Pittman in the Northern District of Texas declared the debt cancellation plan illegal on Thursday evening in response to a lawsuit filed by the Job Creators Network Foundation’s Legal Action Fund. The student loan cancellation plan would eliminate $10,000 in debt for borrowers earning under $125,000 per year and $20,000 for students who attended college using Pell Grants.
“For the Lord your God will bless you just as He promised you; you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow; you shall reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over you.” Deut. 15:6
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement that an appeal has already been filed. “The President and this administration are determined to help working and middle-class Americans get back on their feet, while our opponents — backed by extreme Republican special interests — sued to block millions of Americans from getting much-needed relief,” she remarked. “We will never stop fighting for hardworking Americans most in need — no matter how many roadblocks our opponents and special interests try to put in our way.”
The Department of Education has received applications from 26 million individuals seeking student loan cancellation, of which 16 million have been approved. Jean-Pierre added that the agency will “hold onto their information so it can quickly process their relief once we prevail in court.”
The complaint from the Job Creators Network Foundation, a conservative advocacy group, contends that the student loan elimination policy violated the notice-and-comment processes mandated by the Administrative Procedure Act. Other parties, including multiple conservative state attorneys general, have likewise filed suit over the debt cancellation effort.
Job Creators Network Foundation President Elaine Parker celebrated the judge’s decision in a statement provided to The Daily Wire.
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