‘Unfair, unconstitutional and unwise’: Brnovich sues Biden administration over student loan forgiveness

Student loan borrowers gather near The White House to tell President Biden to cancel student debt – all of it with no means-testing on May 12, 2020 in Washington, DC./Paul Morigi || Getty Images

By Alison Steinbach || Arizona Republic

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich asked the U.S. District Court of Arizona to rule President Biden’s student debt cancellation unconstitutional and illegal.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is suing the Biden administration to try to stop its new student loan forgiveness program, arguing it doesn’t have the authority to take such an action.

“This mass debt forgiveness program is fundamentally unfair, unconstitutional, and unwise,” Brnovich said in a statement. “The question Americans need to be asking is why college costs so much in the first place.”

President Joe Biden’s proposal would cancel $10,000 to $20,000 of student loan debt for individuals that make less than $125,000 (or $250,000 for married couples) a year.

More than nine out of 10 student borrowers in Arizona — about 811,000 people — are expected to benefit from the program, according to data released by the White House. But Brnovich’s move and several other lawsuits filed this week have put that relief in jeopardy. Six Republican-led states joined together to sue the administration on Thursday, among at least two other legal challenges to Biden’s proposal. 

Brnovich asked the U.S. District Court of Arizona to rule the debt cancellation unconstitutional and illegal.


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