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Kobach sues Biden over student loan forgiveness scheme

Release Date: Mar 29, 2024

TOPEKA - (March 28, 2024) - Kansas Attorney General Kris Kobach today announced his office, in collaboration with 10 other state attorneys general, is suing Joe Biden over his administration’s latest student loan forgiveness scheme. The Kansas Attorney General’s Office filed the lawsuit today in federal court.

“Once again, the Biden administration has decided to steal from the poor and give to the rich. He is forcing people who did not go to college, or who worked their way through college, to pay for the loans of those who ran up exorbitant student debt. This coalition of Republican attorneys general will stand in the gap and stop Biden," Kobach said.

The multistate lawsuit argues that U.S. Department of Education doesn’t have the authority to alter student loan repayment plans, essentially canceling more than $156 million in student loan debt. It also argues that the U.S. Supreme Court struck down an earlier version of Biden’s illegal student loan program last summer. The Court ruled that program violated federal law, and that only Congress can authorize the forgiveness of student loans—which requires spending taxpayer money to do so. 

“We intend to win again. The law simply does not allow Biden to do what he wants to do. Biden is trying to exercise the powers of a king rather than the powers of a President in a constitutional republic. We look forward to seeing the President's attorneys in court,” Kobach said.

Kobach is joined in the lawsuit by attorneys general from Alabama, Alaska, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah.

To read the court filing, go here.


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