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The WH Busted Over False Student Debt Plan “Authority” Excuse

The steps that the White House took to determine whether Biden had the authority to unilaterally move forward with the student loan forgiveness plan he announced this week have been reported. 

For those who haven't seen it, it was a memo from August 23rd and was composed by the Department of Education General Counsel Lisa Brown. She stated that Education Secretary Miguel Cardona has legal authority to require taxpayers to pay the loan debts of other people because of the law of 2003, known as HEROES Act which reverses the stance of the December 2021 DOE memo in which it was declared that they were not able to exercise this authority.

“The HEROES Act, first enacted in the wake of the September 11 attacks, provides the Secretary broad authority to grant relief from student loan requirements during specific periods (a war, other military operation, or national emergency, such as the present COVID-19 pandemic) and for specific purposes (including to address the financial harms of such a war, other military operation, or emergency),” the memo stated.

The questionable justification was noticed by Fox News White House correspondent Jacqui Heinrich, who questioned Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre at the Thursday press conference how they could reference the COVID pandemic to justify their decision. Just two months ago, the Biden administration basically claimed in court that the disease was over when trying to justification the decision to allow Title 42, a Trump-era policy intended to reduce the spreading of COVID-19 by immigrants illegally residing in countries with high levels of transmissible illnesses, to expire in May.

Like she did with different questions regarding Biden's plans during the briefing on Thursday (and in the Wednesday briefing) Jean-Pierre struggled through a non-answer and mumbled something about the fact that there are “some folks who are having a hard time” to pay off student loans.

Heinrich remarked, “…because of the economy?” which would be interesting given the Biden administration's ongoing false portrayal of the U.S. economy as sunny and beautiful. Jean-Pierre declared that it was “because they are in a different [income] bracket.”

In essence, what Jean-Pierre said in her remarks in the briefing on Thursday was Biden's decision to make a dictatorial final-runaround of Congress was not solely a result of the coronavirus pandemic, but because there were people Biden believed would require help in this apparently amazing economy simply because they're not in the correct income bracket or something like that despite their claims that the policies Biden has enacted will benefit those who do not need the help, at the cost of those in the middle class, who also have debts that they're trying to pay back and are already struggling from the staggering Bidenflation and shrinkflation.

Essentially, KJP confirmed that the White House's explanation for having the “authority” to wipe out the student loans at a cost of around $500 billion dollars in taxpayer money isn't legit. This is another reason to Republicans to consider impeaching Biden in the event they win control of Congress following the Midterm elections.

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