On Tuesday, a majority of the Supreme Court justices appeared skeptical about President Biden’s student debt relief program.
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President Joe Biden’s plan to forgive student debt, which offered up to $20,000 per borrower, is in danger as the Supreme Court appeared dubious. Biden plans to help students to recover economically from the national emergency spurred by Covid-19.
However, the program will be on hold until justice comes on to a decision. In more than three hours of oral argument, conservative justices questioned whether the Educational Department had the legal authority to discharge federal student loan debt.
Chief Justice John Roberts repeatedly questioned the Biden’s student debt relief program’s fairness and invoked its overall cost in the court. He said they’re talking about half a trillion dollars and 43 million Americans.
Robert also disagreed with Biden’s administration’s claims that student loan debt forgiveness is similar to other existing programs. He said nobody tells the person trying to set up a lawn service business that he doesn’t have to pay the loan.
Even though the tax dollars will support loan forgiveness for the college graduate who will make little more. However, all four conservatives, Alito, Robert, Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch, seem to be skeptical about the legal basis for the debt relief program.
The other two High Court members, Coney Barrett and Brett Kavanaugh, questioned some of the GOP state’s arguments.
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Kavanaugh made a statement that some of the biggest and finest moments in the court’s history were deferring to assertions of executive and emergency power and pushing back against presidential assertions of emergency power.
But there is a concern that he is feeling about how to handle an emergency assertion. On the other hand, liberal members agreed with the Biden administration’s 2003 HEROES Act, which gives the education department authority to help borrowers.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor acknowledged the outrageous sum of money. She said it’s not a question about money; it’s a question about congress’s intent. However, the Biden administration argues that student debt needs to be cancelled for most borrowers to avoid the surge of defaults.
On the other hand, the attorney general of Nebraska and Missouri argues that the program will allow the education department to relieve some requirements temporarily but not the mass discharge of student loan debt.
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