Sen. Ted Cruz said he was “thinking” about ways to cancel Biden’s student loan forgiveness.
Representative Ilhan Omar responded by calling him “a miserable little weasel”.
She supported the administration’s position that it has the legal authority to write off student debt broadly.
Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota didn’t hold back when he heard about a Republican lawmaker’s attempts to block President Joe Biden’s student loan cancellation.
On Tuesday, GOP Senator Ted Cruz of Texas Told The Washington Post that he worked with a senior Supreme Court litigant to determine who would be the best plaintiff to overturn it.
After learning that Cruz was “thinking” about ways to block Biden’s relief, Omar wrote on Twitter that she was not at all concerned about the legalities issues surrounding the debt cancellation.
“What a wretched little weasel, no wonder they call him ‘Lucifer in the flesh,'” Omar wrote. “Fortunately, student debt forgiveness is legally sound and should withstand legal scrutiny. Set your alerts for the application in October, if you qualify for relief, and file by the end of December.”
Cruz had previously acknowledged on his podcast that it would be difficult to sue the administration for canceling a student loan.
“The difficulty here is finding a plaintiff who the courts will find has standing. That can be a real challenge,” he said.
And as Insider previously reported, conservative groups and GOP attorneys general are also looking for ways to legally challenge the loan forgiveness. Alfredo Ortiz, CEO of the Job Creators Network – a conservative advocacy group – said in a statement, for example, that the organization was “weighing its legal options to block President Biden’s illegal bailout of student loans”.
“This decision is fundamentally unfair to the tens of millions of hard-working Americans who never went to college and are now forced to take on the Consultant Class Loan Forgiveness,” Ortiz said.
Still, Abby Shafroth, an attorney at the National Consumer Law Center, told Insider that borrowers shouldn’t be “overly concerned” about these legal threats at this time. She explained that those attempting to sue would have to prove that they had suffered concrete harm, and although they could ask the court to suspend the implementation of the remedy until a decision on the legality of Biden action is decided, it is difficult to achieve.
The questions surrounding the legality of student loan forgiveness are not new, and they are ones that Biden himself has posed. Shortly after taking office, Biden expressed reluctance to write off a large amount of student debt because he was unsure he had the authority to do so, prompting him to ask the ministry of Education and Justice to create notes on his legal ability to eliminate students. debt.
Ultimately, the two departments concluded he had the authority under the HEROES Act of 2003, which gives the Secretary of Education the ability to waive or change student loan balances in an emergency. national, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
Yet Republican lawmakers continued to argue that this was an excess of that authority and that Biden should have gotten congressional approval.
Regardless of the debate surrounding the legality of broad debt relief, the Biden administration still plans to roll out debt cancellation demands in early October and maintains it has the legal capacity to do so.
“The legal authority gives the secretary the ability to ensure that the pandemic and the emergency do not cause net financial harm to these people,” said Bharat Ramamurti, deputy director of the National Economic Council, during a recent briefing.
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