President Joe Biden on Sunday appeared to inadvertently sabotage the legal justification for his student loan forgiveness plan.
What did Biden say?
In a “60 Minutes” interview, host Scott Pelley asked Biden if the pandemic was “over” considering he attended the Detroit Auto Show last week, its first event since 2019.
In response, Biden invariably declared the pandemic was “over.”
“The pandemic is over. We still have an issue with COVID. We’re still working a lot on it,” said the President.
“But the pandemic is over. As you can see, nobody wears masks. Everyone seems to be in pretty good shape,” he continued. “And I think it’s changing. And I think this is a perfect example of that.”
President Joe Biden: The 60 Minute Interview 2022
What are the consequences of his admission?
Last month, Biden announced his student loan forgiveness plan will forgive $10,000 in student loan debt per borrower earning $125,000 or less annually and $20,000 in debt per Pell Grant recipient.
On the same day as the announcement, the Biden administration released the legal rationale for Biden’s plan. A memo released by the Department of Education claimed a post-9/11 law known as the HEROES Act of 2003 authorized sweeping and sweeping debt relief.
this note read:
The HEROES Act, first enacted after the 9/11 attacks, gives the Minister broad powers during certain periods (war, other military operations, or national emergency, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic) and for specific purposes (including addressing the financial damages of such war, other military operation, or emergency).
The Secretary of Education has used this power under both this administration and every previous administration since the Act’s passage to provide relief to borrowers related to a war, other military operation, or national emergency, including the ongoing moratorium on student loan payments and interest .
Legality issues aside, Charles Cooke of National Review explained the implications of Biden’s admission.
“But even if you ignored everything [of the questions of legality]”still couldn’t get over the fact that the powers Biden claimed can only be used when there is an active emergency, and that the active emergency that Biden is leading is now over,” Cooke wrote.
For what it’s worth, the Biden administration expected to be formally extended the national COVID emergency in mid-October.
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