Ashley Moody joins Attorney General push against Joe Biden student loan discharges

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Republican legal officers are standing up against the SAVE plan.

Florida’s Attorney General is standing up for taxpayers against potential student loan discharges and renegotiated payment terms, joining her Republican colleagues in other states in legal action.

The Missouri V. Biden lawsuit targets what a media release from Ashley Moody calls the Joe Biden “administration’s latest attempt to force Americans to pay someone else’s debt. The lawsuit targets what the federal government calls the “SAVE” Plan, which in reality will cost Americans $475 billion — $45 billion more than its last unlawful student loan plan,” according to Moody’s release.

The “Saving on a Valuable Education” plan “is the newest income-driven repayment (IDR) plan,” per the Department of Education, and it offers benefits for borrowers that include the elimination of “100% of remaining monthly interest for both subsidized and unsubsidized loans.”

These burdens can vary for borrowers based on when they happened to go to school, as that determines interest rates, with an arguably disproportionate burden on those who went to school before the low-interest rate period after the 2008 economic crash and before pandemic spending from Donald Trump and Biden.

For Moody and the other Attorneys General, however, the issue is the Biden administration “unilaterally trying to impose an extraordinarily expensive and controversial policy that he could not get through Congress” after “the Supreme Court struck down an attempt by the President to force teachers, truckers, and farmers to pay for the student loan debt of other Americans — to the enormous tune of $430 billion.”

“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,” the Attorneys General wrote.

“This rule unlawfully seeks to evade the limits Congress set out in statute for the IBR program. It also would gut the statutory purpose of providing loans. By their nature, loans require repayment except in extenuating circumstances. The Federal Government’s thresholds are set so high — arbitrarily so — that it creates a grant for most borrowers. In other words, unlike every other loan program, the majority of borrowers will receive a grant,” the AGs argue further in the court filing.

For Moody, restructuring student loan debt obligations is tantamount to taking food out of the mouths of the hungry.

“Last year, the Supreme Court struck down Biden’s illegal attempt to force Americans to pay off someone else’s debt. Now, Biden thumbs his nose at the court like he has done with so many issues, including immigration, and does what he wants, trying again to mass-cancel student debt. We will fight in court to make sure that hard-working Americans, who are struggling to buy groceries thanks to Biden, are not on the hook for other people’s debt,” the second-term Republican from Plant City pledged.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been the Northeast Florida correspondent for Florida Politics since 2014. He writes for the New York Post and National Review also, with previous work in the American Conservative and Washington Times and a 15+ year run as a columnist in Folio Weekly. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


10 comments

  • dont say fla

    April 9, 2024 at 3:37 pm

    G0P’s sure don’t like their scams being exposed and remedied, do they?

    • Rick Whitaker

      April 9, 2024 at 3:39 pm

      DSF, they are very predictable.

      • Impeach Biden

        April 10, 2024 at 10:01 am

        No one put a gun to these students head. Have you visited a college campus lately. It’s four + years of spa treatments and partying. Pay up you spoiled kids like the rest of us.

        • MH/Duuuval

          April 10, 2024 at 8:21 pm

          Has Dee paid up yet — a quarter century later?

  • Ocean Joe

    April 9, 2024 at 5:53 pm

    When southern, hillbilly states send their attorney generals…they’re not sending their best.

    Yes, after 25 years of GOP control, Florida’s gone country.

    • MH/Duuuval

      April 9, 2024 at 7:58 pm

      It was cracker country before the widespread adoption of AC. (The crackers were the original cow herders in Florida.) What we have seen in the 21st century is a regression to type, that is, country.

  • MH/Duuuval

    April 9, 2024 at 8:18 pm

    MAGAs like big money, like the tax cuts DJT gave to the wealthy in 2017 and intends to give them again.

    No penny ante stuff like students loans — which CAN’T be offloaded by bankruptcy. Most everything else can, but not student loans. Why is that?

  • Impeach Biden

    April 10, 2024 at 9:59 am

    Dear college students influenced by their liberal professors and the Bernie Sanders movement. You signed the loan paperwork. Now you must pay it back like the responsible people in this country. I paid mine now you pay yours. I’m not absorbing your worthless liberal arts degree loan. My tax bill is high enough already.

    • Rick Whitaker

      April 10, 2024 at 12:46 pm

      IM, when a person like you makes such a mindless statement as this one, it is clear what the remedy is. get a loan and go back to school because you are in great need of a basic education. fear and hate seem to be the only thing you know anything about. there is something else out there in the world besides what you focus on. see, you just had an opportunity to learn something new if you would open your mind to it.

    • 2024 trump for prison

      April 12, 2024 at 5:39 pm

      Such an ignorant statement. Did you graduate high school or are you still working on your GED?

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