Supreme Court Strikes Down Biden’s Student Loan Giveaway

OPINION:  This article contains commentary which may reflect the author’s opinion

In the case of Biden v. Nebraska, the Supreme Court issued a ruling that was 6-3 in favor of the conservatives, and it invalidated a student loan rescue program that had been implemented by the administration of former President Joe Biden. In essence, the court reached the conclusion that the administration overstepped the authority that was delegated to it by Congress in the form of an act. The decision that was reached by the majority was given down by Chief Justice Roberts.

Roberts wrote “Last year, the Secretary of Education established the first comprehensive student loan forgiveness program, invoking the Higher Education Relief Opportunities for Students Act of 2003 (HEROES Act) for authority to do so. The Secretary’s plan canceled roughly $430 billion of federal student loan balances, completely erasing the debts of 20 million borrowers and lowering the median amount owed by the other 23 million from $29,400 to $13,600…Six States sued, arguing that the HEROES Act does not authorize the loan cancellation plan. We agree.”

As Greg Price observed humorously in the ruling, “Justice Roberts cited Nancy Pelosi in the majority opinion when she said Biden doesn’t have the power to cancel student debt.”

Justice Barrett issued a concurrence opinion where she noted that “[h]ere, enough of those indicators are present to demonstrate that the Secretary has gone far “beyond what Congress could reasonably be understood to have granted” in the HEROES Act…Our decision today does not “trump” the statutory text, nor does it make this Court the “arbiter” of “national policy….Instead, it gives Congress’s words their best reading.”

Barrett’s concurrence provided value since it “indicates that the significant questions doctrine “reinforces” the majority’s decision “but is not necessary to it,” according to Amy Howe, a legal blogger at SCOTUSblog. She had earlier mentioned that Roberts had cited “the major questions doctrine,” which holds that Congress must explicitly state its intentions if it intends to grant an administrative body the authority to make “decisions of vast economic and political significance.” However, Roberts claims that no authorization—much less a clear authorization—is present here.

Conservative filmmaker and commentator Dinesh D’Souza hailed the verdict as a “massive ruling.”

The Federalist magazine’s CEO, Sean Davis, declared that the “SCOTUS has nuked Biden’s unconstitutional college debt cancellation scheme.”

It is “A spectacular day for Donald Trump whose three conservative picks for SCOTUS were integral to the historic decisions yesterday and today,” tweeted journalist and former FOX show anchor Megyn Kelly. Major accomplishment that will undoubtedly (and deservedly) be highlighted by his campaign in the coming months.

A similar theme was taken up by Jack Posobiec, senior editor of Human Events. He wrote, “Under this Supreme Court Roe v Wade = GONE Affirmative Action = GONE Student Loan Forgiveness = GONE Constitutional Carry = SECURED Business Religious Freedom = SECURED Say those 4 little words: Thank you, Donald Trump.”

Such opinions were shared by political analyst and pollster Richard Baris. He said “Without a doubt” to claims that the conservative justices chosen by the Trump administration were the cause of such decisions.


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