The Washington Post reports:
Several conservative Supreme Court justices on Tuesday questioned the power of the Biden administration to wipe out nearly a half a trillion dollars in student loan debt without direct authorization from Congress.
The court’s liberal justices, meanwhile, expressed skepticism over whether the six Republican-led states that brought the first case are specifically harmed by President Biden’s debt-relief program, which they must be in order to have legal grounds to stop it.
Justice Clarence Thomas pressed Solicitor General Elizabeth B. Prelogar on whether student debt cancellation would effectively encroach upon congressional authority to appropriate federal funds. “As the cancellation of $400 billion in debt, in effect, this is a grant of $400 billion and it runs into Congress’s appropriations authority,” Thomas said.
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Today, my Administration argues our case for student debt relief in the Supreme Court.
This relief is critical to over 40 million Americans as they recover from the economic crisis caused by the pandemic.
We’re confident it’s legal.
And we’re fighting for it in court.
— President Biden (@POTUS) February 28, 2023
The Supreme Court won’t have to look far for a personal take on the “crushing weight” of student debt: Justice Clarence Thomas was on the court when he paid off his law school debt, and has written about the loans’ role in his financial struggles. https://t.co/F1lRUI4C4s
— The Associated Press (@AP) February 28, 2023
Student debt can be crippling.
Burdening young people for decades and limiting their career options.
Nevertheless, Republicans are going all the way to the Supreme Court to stop student debt relief.
They were happy to forgive business debt. But students?
Not so much.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) February 28, 2023
In America, you should not have to face financial ruin because you want a damn education.
Today we say to the Supreme Court, listen to the needs of the people. Do the right thing. Support Biden’s proposal to cancel student debt.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) February 28, 2023
Chief Justice John Roberts said the student-debt litigation reminds him of the 2020 case in which the high court said the Trump administration acted arbitrarily when it moved to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program https://t.co/BiWV2fhWNh
— WSJ Politics (@WSJPolitics) February 28, 2023