Court puts a stop to Biden’s student loan handout

A federal judge has just put a stop to President Joe Biden’s student loan handout, Fox Business reports

The handout was struck down by U.S. District Judge Mark Pittman on Thursday.

Pittman wrote:

Whether the Program constitutes good public policy is not the role of this Court to determine. Still, no one can plausibly deny that it is either one of the largest delegations of legislative power to the executive branch, or one of the largest exercises of legislative power without congressional authority in the history of the United States.

Biden will appeal

Within hours of Pittman releasing his decision, the administration of President Joe Biden made it clear that an appeal will be forthcoming.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stated that the administration “strongly disagrees” with Pittman and that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed an appeal.

“The President and this Administration are determined to help working and middle-class Americans get back on their feet, while our opponents – backed by extreme Republican special interests – sued to block millions of Americans from getting much-needed relief,” Jean-Pierre said.

Biden’s student loan handout

At issue here is Biden’s attempt – through executive action alone – to cancel up to $10,000 in federal student loan debt per borrower, or up to $20,000 if the borrower is a Pell Grant recipient. To qualify, a borrower has to be making less than $125,000 if single or less than $250,000 if married.

The plan has received much pushback from Republicans and even some Democrats.

As demonstrated above, the handout is additionally facing legal challenges, and these challenges mainly center around whether Biden, as president, has the power to do what he is trying to do – cancel federal student loan debt through executive action.

Applications no longer accepted

The White House has revealed that it has received roughly 26 million applications for federal student loan cancellation. It has further revealed that it has approved about 16 million of these applications.

Now, however, in light of Pittman’s ruling, the Biden administration has announced that it will no longer be accepting applications.

“Student Loan Debt Relief Is Blocked,” the Student Aid website states. “As a result, at this time, we are not accepting applications. We are seeking to overturn those orders.”

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