Biden’s Student Loan Forgiveness Goes; Massachusetts Politicians Erupt

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President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan was overturned by the Supreme Court on Friday, June 30, as the court, in a 6-3 decision, ruled that the executive branch unconstitutionally usurped the legislature’s role in passing legislation. 

“The Secretary’s comprehensive debt cancellation plan cannot fairly be called a waiver – it not only nullifies existing provisions, but augments and expands them dramatically,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote, referring to the secretary of education. 

The case was Biden, President of the United States, Et Al. v. Nebraska Et Al. Justices Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, and Ketanji Brown Jackson were in the dissent.

Several Massachusetts figures reacted online to the ruling. You can read their responses below.



U.S. Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-Hyde Park)

To every borrower who feels defeated by this callous Supreme Court ruling, I am fighting for you and this isn’t over. I’m calling on

@POTUS and @SecCardonato immediately use other authorities to #CancelStudentDebt.
A promise is a promise.”
Via Twitter
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Cambridge)
“The same Supreme Court that overturned Roe now refuses to follow the plain language of the law on student loan cancellation. This fight is not over. The President has more tools to cancel student debt — and he must use them.”
“More than 40 million hard working Americans are waiting for the help that President Biden promised them, and they expect this administration to throw everything they’ve got into the fight until they make good on this commitment.”
Via Twitter
Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey
“President Biden’s plan would have made a huge difference in the lives of millions of families. We’ll continue to make higher education and job training more accessible and we need federal solutions for borrowers trapped under mountains of student debt.”
Via Twitter
U.S. Representative Lori Trahan
“In 24 hours, conservative Supreme Court justices have:
Hurt Black & brown students
Opened LGBTQ+ couples to discrimination
Cut off a lifeline for millions of student loan borrowers
What they didn’t do:
Create new ethics & conflict of interest rules for themselves.”
Via Twitter



U.S. Senator Ed Markey

“SCOTUS striking down President Biden’s student debt relief plan denies students the chance to fulfill their dreams without fear of debt. We must lower the price of education, and the Biden administration must work to free families from this devastating debt.

Via Twitter

Markey also recorded a video which you can watch below.

U.S. Representative Jim McGovern (D-Worcester)
“It’s no surprise that the same corrupt majority on the Supreme Court that overturned abortion rights, stripped environmental regulations, weakened labor protections & loosened gun laws has now decided that going to college should remain a debt sentence for millions of borrowers.”
Via Twitter

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