Supreme Court kills Biden student debt relief plan
The justices ruled in two cases challenging President Joe Biden’s authority to forgive federal student loans under a 2003 law called the HEROES Act.
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday invalidated President Joe Biden’s student loan debt relief plan, meaning the long-delayed proposal intended to implement a campaign trail promise will not go into effect.
The justices, divided 6-3, ruled in one of two cases that the program was an unlawful exercise of presidential power because it had not been explicitly approved by Congress.
Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that the court’s precedent “requires that Congress speak clearly before a department secretary can unilaterally alter large sections of the American economy.”
Schumer accuses conservative justices of ‘hypocrisy,’ citing gifts
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer criticized conservative justices who accept “lavish” gifts for themselves and ruled against President Joe Biden’s student debt forgiveness plan for middle-income borrowers.
Schumer’s comment may be a preview of how Democrats will respond politically to the recent court decisions.
“This disappointing and cruel student debt ruling shows the callousness of the MAGA Republican-controlled Supreme Court,” he wrote in a separate tweet.
‘If you take out a loan, you pay it back’: 2024 GOP presidential candidates praise decision
Several 2024 Republican presidential candidates expressed their support for the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan.
Former Vice President Mike Pence called the plan an “egregious violation of the Constitution” in a statement, adding that he was "pleased that the Court struck down the Radical Left’s effort to use the money of taxpayers who played by the rules and repaid their debts in order to cancel the debt of bankers and lawyers in New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. "
Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley tweeted that the court was "right to throw out Joe Biden’s power grab.
South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott used the opportunity to share his campaign ad on the topic, saying, “It’s time for a president who values hard work”