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In a blow to Joe Biden’s campaign promise to millennials and Gen Z, a federal judge from the Lone Star State has ruled that Biden’s student debt forgiveness plan is unconstitutional and unlawful.
According to the ruling, the debt forgiveness program was deemed “an unconstitutional exercise of Congress’s legislative power:”
“In this case, the HEROES Act— a law to provide loan assistance to military personnel defending our nation—does not provide the executive branch clear congressional authorization to create a $400 billion student loan forgiveness program. The Program is thus an unconstitutional exercise of Congress’s legislative power and must be vacated.”
Previously, President Donald Trump ripped Biden’s plan to forgive billions of dollars worth of student loans in the U.S., calling it “another election enhancing money grab, this time to the tune of $300,000,000,000 – and just like I predicted, it’s coming right out of the pocket of the working-class Americans who are struggling the most!”
Via Reuters, the judge who made the ruling, U.S. District Judge Mark Pittman, is an appointee of President Donald Trump.
Pittman expanded on the court’s reasoning for the ruling in its conclusion:
“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. As President James Madison warned, ‘[t]he accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.’
He further pointed out that the court was “not blind to the current political division in our country” but that it was “fundamental” to the survival of the republic that the separation of powers is maintained “as outlined in our Constitution.”