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World News March 1, 2023

U.S. Supreme Court conservatives question Biden’s student debt relief

On Tuesday, some judges on the U.S. Supreme Court who lean towards conservative beliefs expressed uncertainty about whether President Joe Biden’s proposal to forgive $430 billion in student loans for around 40 million people is legal. The outcome of his promise made during his campaign is uncertain.
The nine justices heard arguments in appeals by Biden’s administration of two lower court rulings blocking the policy that he unveiled last August. The policy was challenged by six conservative-leaning states and two individual student loan borrowers opposed to the plan’s eligibility requirements.
U.S. Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar, arguing for Biden’s administration, sparred with conservative justices including John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas and Brett Kavanaugh over the policy’s legal underpinning and fairness. The court has a 6-3 conservative majority.
Roberts, the chief justice, questioned whether the scale of the relief was a mere modification of an existing student loan program, as allowed under the law the administration cited as authorizing it.

Sources : CGTN

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