WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — Republican senators are calling for legal action to block President Joe Biden’s order to forgive student loan debt, calling it an illegal overreach and abuse of executive power.
“The president doesn’t have the power to wave a magic wand and cancel billions of dollars in student debt, but he does it anyway,” said Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri.
He and Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley said they hope the lawsuit will push the courts to block the plan before it goes into effect this winter.
“It really is a huge victory against inflation, and it will be a huge victory against the injustice it creates for people who don’t go to college, by making people pay to go to college. “, Grassley said.
The White House believes the president has a solid legal basis and is encouraging Americans to seek forgiveness next month. Sen. Tammy Duckworth said Republicans were wrong to try to weaken relief.
“Why are they placing this financial burden on so many young graduates and so many middle-class families? ” she says.
But not all Democrats support the president’s approach.
“I just don’t think the Band-Aid approach will work,” said Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Michigan.
Deciding how to help students is the responsibility of Congress, not the White House, she said.
“The legislative power is the one that earns the money, it is the executive power that makes the decisions. It’s not very common,” she said.
No lawsuit has been filed, but the Arizona attorney general has hinted that he and the other AGs may act soon.