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US Court Ordered Biden to Halt his Student Loan Forgiveness Plan

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Less than a month after launching the site for his massive $400 billion “student loan forgiveness” program, a federal judge has ordered the #Biden administration to halt accepting new applications.

One of former President Donald Trump’s appointees, US District Judge Mark Pittman, stated that the Biden administration lacked the “clear authorization” to implement such a program.

“In this country, we are not ruled by an all-powerful executive with a pen and a phone. Instead, we are ruled by a Constitution that provides for three distinct and independent branches of government,” observed the court in its judgment. 

“The Court is not blind to the current political division in our country. But it is fundamental to the survival of our Republic that the separation of powers as outlined in our Constitution be preserved.”

Over 26 million Americans have applied for relief through the portal at the time of the ruling. The White House has already granted petitions for 16 million of the 26 million.

The US Circuit Court of Appeals, which has its New Orleans location, will likely hear the appeal filed by the Biden administration against the decision. But the White House will once more have to deal with a courtroom where conservative justices predominate.

It should be noted that this is not the first time Biden’s plans have been derailed. According to the report, the eighth US Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily blocked the federal government from canceling any loans by issuing a stay on the plan in October.

The court announced that it was considering a request for an injunction made in response to a case brought by a group of six states led by Republicans, including Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, and South Carolina.

The scheme, which was unveiled last August, is anticipated to offer borrowers with wages under $125,000 a $10,000 reprieve. The relief increases to $20,000 for those who are Pell Grant recipients.

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