Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on Biden’s Student Loan Forgiveness Plan

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On Tuesday, Feb. 28, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments regarding challenges on the legality of the Biden administration’s contested program to forgive billions of dollars in federally-backed student loan debt. Confirmation that the High Court would hear the case came on Dec. 1, 2022.

The Biden administration announced the three-pronged Student Debt Relief program in a Fact Sheet on Aug. 24, 2022, just a little over two months before the Nov. 8, 2022, midterm elections. As previously reported by The Epoch Times, some suggested the program was one of several efforts to “buy votes.”

“Virtually every legal scholar that I have spoken to has said that the president of the United States really doesn’t have the authority to do this, and the people at the White House and Domestic Policy Council know that,” Tom Basile told The Epoch Times. “But they also know they couldn’t get it through Congress so they figure they would do this and let people believe they were going to be able to do this.”

Basile also suggested that this wasn’t the first time the Biden administration has pushed for a program they knew would face legal challenges so they could make Republicans “look like the bad guys by trying to uphold the rule of law.”

“They knew it would be litigated,” Basile noted, adding that the move is “very similar” to what the administration did with the eviction moratorium.

Basile, best known as the host of the Newsmax program “America Right Now,” is an adjunct professor at Fordham University and a member of the New York State Bar Association.

Because of the legal challenges, the Biden administration was forced to delay the implementation of his plan several times.

The Arguments

There are currently two legal challenges to Biden’s student loan forgiveness program.

Republicans and conservative groups argue that Biden doesn’t have the power to cancel consumer debt without Congressional approval and that the policy itself is harmful.

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