Thomas And Roberts Skeptical Of Student Debt Plan

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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