Foxx Urges Committee Dems to Hold PSLF Oversight Hearing
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 6, 2021
Education and Labor Committee Republican Leader Virginia Foxx (R-NC) sent a letter to Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA) requesting a public hearing by the Committee to examine the Education Department’s unilateral action regarding the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.
In the letter, Foxx writes: “This Committee is required to conduct rigorous oversight of the Department of Education (Department). In fact, you spent a significant amount of time in the 116th Congress conducting ‘oversight’ of Secretary DeVos and President Trump. Given this robust record you have set, I was therefore shocked and disappointed to see your response to the Department’s proposed changes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. Instead of questioning the Department’s proposal, which is an abuse of executive authority, you published a tweet praising the proposed action. This is too significant of an issue to allow the Secretary to act without Congressional approval.”
Foxx continues: “The assertion that following the statutory requirements set forth by Congress is mismanagement is simply inaccurate. Using this falsehood as the rationale to skirt the law is reprehensible. We need to be honest about what this really is: an abuse of executive authority to override legislated program requirements to appease progressive advocates. In fact, without the permanent pandemic narrative the Biden administration clings to, the Department would have no such authority take this action.”
Foxx concludes: “[W]e must hold an oversight hearing to understand the Secretary’s planned reforms and to reiterate in no uncertain terms that he should not be able to subvert the intent of Congress.”
To read the full letter to Chairman Scott, click here.