Democrats suggest use of 1965 law as plan B for student loan forgiveness
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From describing it as a victory for common sense to hypocritical. Politicians are reacting to the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down President Biden’s plan to forgive 10 to 20 thousand dollars in student loan debt for 43 million people.
The White House and Democrats say they will keep fighting to get some kind of forgiveness approved. In fact, some Democrats are suggesting President Biden use the Higher Education Act as a Plan B.
The HEA is a nearly 1,000 page law passed in 1965. Some Democratic lawmakers like Senator Elizabeth Warren have said the President could use it to order the Department of Education to stop collecting student loans.
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez tweeted: “It is very important to note this SCOTUS ruling does NOT remove Biden’s ability to pursue student loan forgiveness. The Biden Admin can use the HEA (Higher Ed Act) – our position from the start – to continue loan forgiveness before payments resume. They should do so ASAP.”
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has also advocated for that plan. He tweeted after the decision came out:
The hypocrisy is clear: As justices accept lavish, six-figure gifts, they don’t dare to help Americans saddled with student loan debt, instead siding with the powerful, big-monied interests.
Republicans meanwhile say the Supreme Court made the right decision here.
Senator John Thune said: “Instead of putting together a real plan to lower the costs of higher education, President Biden put forward an unserious scheme to force 87 percent of Americans who do not have student loan debt to bear the costs of the 13 percent of Americans who do.”
Republican Senator Deb Fischer said: “It’s time the administration work with Congress on policies that address the root causes of high tuition and provide the public with better access to more educational opportunities.”