(RepublicanInformer.com)- Last Wednesday, to justify forcing American taxpayers to bail out affluence college graduates, the White House claimed that it had the authority to unilaterally act on the student debt bailout based on a 2003 law related to war, military operations, and national emergencies.
White House domestic policy advisor Susan Rice along with Education Secretary Miguel Cardona claimed last Wednesday that the 2003 HEROES Act (Higher Education Relief Opportunities for Students Act) gives the administration the authority to unilaterally implement the student debt bailout without congressional action.
Under the HEROES Act, the Secretary of Education has “waiver authority to respond to a war or other military operation or national emergency.”
With this authority, the Education Secretary can “waive or modify” any statute or regulation related to student financial assistance programs as he deems necessary “in connection with a war or other military operation or national emergency.”
Ah, okay. So a War on Terror-related law gives the Education Secretary in 2022 the power to bail out over a half trillion dollars in student loan debt at a time when there is no war, military operation, or national emergency.
But see, according to the White House, there is still a COVID national emergency, therefore the administration has the authority to bypass Congress to force taxpayers to foot the bill for “debt relief” for people earning up to $125,000 a year.
The problem is, this administration doesn’t seem to believe there is still a COVID national emergency.
This same administration lifted the Trump-era Title 42 claiming the pandemic-relation immigration provision was no longer necessary since there was no longer a COVID national emergency.
In early August, the CDC updated its COVID guidelines abandoning much of its COVID emergency measures, like testing and quarantining asymptomatic individuals and its 6-foot social distancing rule.
Meanwhile, the White House COVID Task Force is easing testing requirements for federal contractors and those visiting federal agencies.
In short, this administration uses the COVID national emergency when it suits them and then discards it when it stands in their way.