North Dakota joins several states in lawsuit against Biden Admin's new attempt for student loan relief

Photo by: WDAY Radio File (Canva)
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(Bismarck, ND) -- North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum is speaking up after the state joined Missouri and others in suing the Biden Administration for attempting to relieve more student loans.

The states; Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Ohio, and Oklahoma, argue the administration is avoiding the separations clause of the U.S. Constitution and violates the federal Administrative Procedures Act. The lawsuit claims the funds used to relive student loans would come from taxpayers across the U.S.

“President Biden’s latest attempt to cancel student loan debt is a blatant attempt to circumvent Congress and defy the U.S. Supreme Court, with the cost falling squarely on the backs of hardworking taxpayers,” Burgum said in a statement released on Tuesday.

The White House anticipated a pushback in a Monday statement, "The plans, if implemented, would provide debt relief to over 30 million Americans when combined with actions the Biden-Harris Administration has already taken to cancel student debt over the past three years," according to a release from The White House on Monday. "While Republican elected officials try every which way to block millions of their own constituents from receiving student debt cancellation, President Biden has vowed to use every tool available to cancel student debt for as many borrowers as possible, as quickly as possible.

“Yet again, the President is unilaterally trying to impose an extraordinarily expensive and controversial policy that he could not get through Congress," wrote the group of states in the suit. "This latest attempt to sidestep the Constitution is only the most recent instance in a long but troubling pattern of the President relying on innocuous language from decades-old statutes to impose drastic, costly policy changes on the American people without their consent.”

You can read the release posted by the Missouri Attorney General's Office for more information about the lawsuit.