SCOTUS Asked To Put Biden’s Student Loan Plan On Hold
(TheRedWire.com) – In August, President Joe Biden announced a plan to forgive $10,000 in federal student loan debt for those who earned less than $125,000 per year and up to $20,000 for those who received a Pell Grant. The White House used the 2003 HEROES Act to justify its action, using the pandemic as the rationale for the decision. On Wednesday, October 19, a Wisconsin taxpayer group petitioned the US Supreme Court to block the program before the administration started forgiving loans and while the lawsuit makes its way through the courts.
The Brown County Taxpayers Association stated it believes the administration is illegally usurping spending powers reserved for Congress. The taxpayers called it an assault on the separation of powers and noted that the Constitution gives lawmakers sole responsibility for deciding how to spend money.
— The Hill (@thehill) October 20, 2022
In a lawsuit filed by the association earlier in October, the taxpayers argued the HEROES Act did not authorize Biden to take the unprecedented action of forgiving school loans. They claimed the president’s unilateral measure would have significant economic and political consequences. As such, they stated the executive branch couldn’t justify the breach of Constitutional responsibilities designated to Congress. Additionally, they argued Congress passed the HEROES Act under different circumstances and to meet a different purpose than the one for which the President commandeered it.
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