Kansas AG Files Lawsuit Against President Biden’s Student Loan Forgiveness Strategy

Kansas Attorney General Kris Kobach is leading an 11-state lawsuit against the Biden administration's SAVE Plan. Photo credit: Google Maps

Posted April 1, 2024

Kansas Attorney General Kris Kobach, in collaboration with 10 other state attorneys general, announced he is suing President Joe Biden over student loan forgiveness, calling the administration’s program a “scheme.”

On Thursday, The Kansas Attorney General’s Office filed a 38-page lawsuit in a Wichita federal court, according to a release.

“Once again, the Biden administration has decided to steal from the poor and give to the rich. He is forcing people who did not go to college, or who worked their way through college, to pay for the loans of those who ran up exorbitant student debt. This coalition of Republican attorneys general will stand in the gap and stop Biden,” Kobach said.

The lawsuit alleges the Biden administration and the U.S. Department of Education exceeded their authority when preposing the Saving on a Valuable Education (SAVE) Plan which forgave $156 billion in federal student debt.

In 2023, the Supreme Court rejected a similar plan to reduce student debt from the Biden administration that would cancel an estimated $430 billion in federal loan debt. Kansas was among six states that challenged Biden’s strategy.

“We intend to win again. The law simply does not allow Biden to do what he wants to do. Biden is trying to exercise the powers of a king rather than the powers of a President in a constitutional republic. We look forward to seeing the President’s attorneys in court,” Kobach said.

The 11-state lawsuit is supported by attorneys general from Alabama, Alaska, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah.