Biden Education Department hires vocal proponent of canceling student debt

The Biden administration has hired a vocal proponent of canceling student debt for a key post in the Education Department.

The Education Department hired Toby Merrill to serve as deputy general counsel in the Office of the General Counsel, the agency said in a statement

Merrill founded and directed the Project on Predatory Student Lending at the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School.

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The projects claims to have represented more than 1 million borrowers, and that its litigation has led to the cancellation of over $2 billion in fraudulent student debts.

Merrill has been outspoken about the government’s ability to cancel student debt.

In January 2020, she co-wrote a letter to then-presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenHillicon Valley: Senators highlight security threats from China during rare public hearing | Facebook suspends accounts of NYU researchers who've criticized platform Democrats urge Amazon, Facebook to drop requests for Khan recusal Senate Democrats to introduce measure taxing major polluters MORE (D-Mass.) outlining the legal justification in which the president could cancel up to $50,000 in debt for student loan borrowers without congressional approval. 

Merrill has also openly criticized former Education Secretary Betsy DeVosBetsy DeVosBiden Education Department hires vocal proponent of canceling student debt Erik Prince involved in push for experimental COVID-19 vaccine: report Biden administration reverses Trump-era policy that hampered probes of student loan companies MORE over how she handled relief designed for defrauded students, Bloomberg reported.

The move comes as progressives push President BidenJoe BidenBiden nominates Mark Brzezinski to be U.S. ambassador to Poland 10 dead after overloaded van crashes in south Texas Majority of New York state Assembly support beginning process to impeach Cuomo: AP MORE to cancel student debt, which has become a priority issue for Democratic lawmakers.

Warren is reportedly stalling the confirmation of James Kvaal, Biden’s nominee for the Education Department’s head of higher education policy, in a push for student debt cancellation.

Biden said in February that he wouldn’t cancel up to $50,000 in student loans, and the White House has indicated that he would be willing to forgive up to $10,000 of student loan debt.