The chairman of the House Education Committee says President Barack Obama’s use of executive authority to ease student loan debt is “a mistake,” and just one of many examples of the administration “bypassing Congress.”
“This administration has been bypassing Congress on issue after issue after issue — they’ve sort of famously issued hundreds of rule changes and executive orders to bypass Congress so I think that’s a mistake,” Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.) said on Fox News Monday morning.
The president’s student loans plan is “a mistake” and “very confusing,” Kline continued, describing it as “very difficult to figure out.” The Minnesota Republican also said Obama’s proposal will only “encourage” more borrowing at the expense of taxpayers.
“We simply can’t keep providing money from the federal government in the form of subsidized or actual loans and Pell Grants when we don’t have the money,” Kline said.
As for whether the president’s use of an executive directive is legal, the congressman made his doubts clear. “What he’s doing with student loans by our analysis is technically legal, but it is a stretch for him to do this and it was not the intent of Congress to do this at this time,” he said.
Obama announced his plan to ease the burdens of student loans for students across the country in Denver, Colo., last week, one of the many actions he has taken to enact parts of his jobs bill – which failed to pass in the Senate as a whole earlier this month – piece by piece.
The executive plan includes a proposal to allow graduates to cap their monthly federal loan payments at 10 percent of their income and provides a chance for borrowers to consolidate loans and reduce interest rates.
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