Biden’s Student Loan Debt Cancellation is a Trumpian Abuse of Emergency Powers

Source: The Volokh Conspiracy
by Ilya Somin

“In 2019, then-President Donald Trump used a dubious emergency declaration to try to divert funds to build his border wall, despite the fact Congress had repeatedly refused to authorize any such expenditure. As I wrote at the time, Trump’s emergency declaration was bogus because there was no genuine emergency, the relevant statutes didn’t give him the power to transfer military funds even if he could declare an emergency, using eminent domain to build a border wall would cause grave harm to Americans as well as migrants, and Trump’s actions could set a dangerous precedent, if allowed to stand. Liberal Democrats also condemned Trump’s border wall diversion, citing many of these same considerations. Then-candidate Joe Biden was among them. … Unfortunately, President Biden’s recent decision to cancel up to $600 billion in student loan debt … has much in common with Trump’s border wall diversion.” (09/03/22)