SCOTUS to hear arguments in student loan debt forgiveness case

Republicans say the president acted outside his authority when passing student debt relief.

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On Thursday, the US Supreme Court will hear arguments regarding President Joe Biden’s $400 billion student loan bailout.

More than 120 Republicans filed an amicus brief to the Supreme Court on February 22, challenging Biden’s student debt relief.

Rep. Mike Flood says the president acted outside his authority and attempted to circumvent the legislative process.

Sen. Bill Cassidy claims Biden’s plan places the burden of $400 billion on taxpayers who may not have even attended college. Sen. John Cornyn says Biden’s unilateral student loan write-off is one of the most consequential separation-of-powers cases in US history.

In contrast, Rep. Cori Bush says the GOP is putting profits over people by filing cases supporting loan servicers. Rep. Robert Garcia says SCOTUS needs to understand how important this case is for people who need student debt relief.

Meanwhile, the National Education Association and other organizations are planning a People’s Rally for Student Debt Cancellation outside the Supreme Court. They aim to ensure that “calls for student debt cancellation are heard.” The rally is set for Tuesday.