Republicans Get Bad News About Student Debt Forgiveness
(FixThisNation.com) – A federal court in Texas that has previously issued many rulings favorable to conservatives has now sided with the Biden administration in a case challenging a new Education Department student loan rule, claiming that the lawsuit had not been filed properly.
In a lawsuit dealing with the new regulations for the Education Department’s borrower defense to the repayment program, U.S. District Judge Mark Pittman, a Donald Trump appointee, agreed with the Justice Department that the case had been improperly filed and that it should be transferred from the Northern District of Texas to the Western District of Texas in Austin. With this move, the case will no longer be in a court dominated by Republican-appointed judges.
Many of the high-profile cases challenging President Biden’s policies have been filed with the Northern District of Texas, with many critics claiming that conservative groups were trying to ensure that they would receive favorable rulings. The Justice Department has also accused Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton of “judge shopping” when filing cases in the district.
In this particular case, Career Colleges & Schools of Texas (CCST), a trade association representing more than 70 for-profit higher education institutions in Texas, is trying to block the Department of Education’s revision of a program that provides student loan forgiveness to students when a college has misled or defrauded them. CCST claims that the rule, which is expected to take effect on July 1, is going to create a “crippling liability” for its member institutions.
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