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After Ticketmaster’s website crashed on Tuesday, Ron Klain touted the features of the admin loan cancellation portal

White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain/Getty Images

Benjamin Wilson • November 15, 2022 4:30 p.m.

When Ticketmaster’s website crashed during the Taylor Swift concert pre-sale on Tuesday, White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain bragged that the administration’s student loan relief portal Biden had processed eight million requests without crashing. He failed to mention that the program has stalled and has not provided any money.

“In my years in the public and private sectors, people have said to me: If only government could run like a business,” Klain tweeted. “Well, the team of [the Department of Education] and [the U.S. Digital Service] built a student loan forgiveness portal that processed 8 MILLION applications in the first 30 hours without crashing.”

The administration, however, stopped taking applications for student loan forgiveness last week after a federal judge halted the program.

U.S. District Judge Mark Pittman ruled Nov. 10 that the program was beyond the president’s authority. “The program is therefore an unconstitutional exercise of the legislative power of Congress and must be struck down,” he wrote.

Pittman added that “we are not run by an all-powerful executive with a pen and a phone.”

The program would cost $400 billion, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

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