States sue ED claiming targeted student loan relief is a “vote-buying scheme”

As many of us feared, those who support student loan debt have used the Supreme Court’s rejection of the Biden administration’s broad-based loan cancellation scheme to attack any debt relief offered by the Department of Education, regardless of statutory basis or how targeted it may be.

Yesterday, in a rambling complaint including, for some reason, a discussion of the CDC’s eviction moratorium, ten states filed just such an attack in Kansas district court against a 2023 Department of Education rule about income-driven repayment plans. The states assert that reducing student loan burden is a ” a multi-hundred-billion-dollar vote-buying scheme.” They also invoke the major questions doctrine, cost-benefit analysis, and a comment period they think was too short.

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