Rep. Ilhan Omar on Tuesday called Republican Sen. Ted Cruz a “miserable little weasel” for actively seeking out ways to get the Supreme Court to block President Joe Biden’s plan to cancel $10,000 in student loan debt for most federal borrowers.
The Texas Republican is one of many GOP officials exploring a potential legal challenge to Biden’s student debt relief plan, which is popular with voters — including those without debt and those who have paid off their debt — and could benefit more than 40 million borrowers across the U.S.
“What a miserable little weasel, no wonder they call him ‘Lucifer in the flesh,’” Omar (D-Minn.) tweetedReacting to news Cruz and a litigator had been discussing tactics to get the plan for debt relief before the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court is full of Republican appointees.
“Fortunately, student debt cancellation is legally sound and should withstand legal scrutiny,” Omar argued. “Set your alerts for the application in October, if you qualify for relief, and file before the end of December.”
The Washington Post’s Jeff Stein reported Tuesday that Cruz — who has falsely criticized debt cancellation as an attack on the working class — “says a top Supreme Court litigator told him that the best potential plaintiff for establishing ‘standing’ to overturn Biden’s student debt plan would be a student loan processor.”
Additionally, Stein noted, Cruz predicted the Supreme Court would support tanking debt relief by a vote of 6-3 — an outcome that even some supporters of debt cancellation have warnedGiven questions about the legal justificationThat the administration chose to choose the right-wing bent U.S. courts.
Since Biden announcedHis debt cancellation plan, Republican lawmakers and GOP attorneys general, as well as dark money groups, was published last month. searching for plaintiffs with legal standing to sue the administration — a difficult task because the challenger would have to demonstrate harmFrom the executive action.
As Higher Education noted Tuesday, student loan servicers “could say they are losing out on revenue” if Biden’s plan is implemented, but so far “no loan servicers have indicated that they are interested in a legal challenge.”
Progressives were quick to take Cruz and other Republicans to task for turning to student loan servicers — widely reviledPrivate entities with long historiesThis is abuse and mismanagement — to prevent student debt relief.
“In millions of households around the country, the name ‘Navient’ is practically like saying Voldemort,” the Debt Collective tweetedRefers to one of the largest student loans companies in the country. “Please Ted Cruz, make our day.”
“Let’s put this in terms you can understand, Ted: for the working class, student loan servicers are what 87,000 IRS agents are for your rich friends,” the Debt Collective wrote.
Indivisible is a progressive advocacy group. added that “we have backed Republicans into defending student loan servicers.”
“The campaign ads practically write themselves,” the group declared.