Attorney General Morrisey Issues Statement on SCOTUS Student Loans Ruling
CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey issued a statement following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling Friday that deemed the HEROES Act does not authorize the Secretary of Education to issue mass cancellation of student loans.
Relying in part on the major-questions doctrine and West Virginia v. EPA, the Supreme Court held that Congress did not empower the President to “seize the power of the Legislature” on this issue.”
The Biden administration had proposed a program that would cancel $400 billion in outstanding federal student loans under the Act, a post-9/11 statute enacted to modify or waive student loan requirements for individuals in military service.
“This administration will try anything to sidestep the authority of the Congress of the United States and establish its own directive,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “This is nothing more than another attempt to gain political points, and the Supreme Court is right setting the record straight … again.”
The Attorney General joined a 17-state coalition that asked the Supreme Court to reject Biden’s request to lift an appellate court’s stay of his student-loan forgiveness program.