The leftmost Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., predicts that President Biden’s student loan giveaway plan will be torpedoed by the Supreme Court because of the high court’s “corruption.”
The conservative-leaning court is expected to issue a ruling on the financial scheme by the end of this month. About 43 million borrowers are eligible to receive a federal handout, some as much as $20,000.
Ocasio-Cortez was asked by an Instagram follower if she believed there was “really any hope” for Biden’s plan to be saved in court. He posted the response on his Story, while also sharing a warning for the president not to “shrug off” a “bad decision.”
“In every convo we had with the White House, they felt very strongly about the chances of their case before the court,” the progressive Democrat wrote. “While I don’t personally share the same sense of optimism (not because I doubt the legal case, but because I don’t believe the corruption of SCOTUS can be trusted), the Biden admin insists they think they have a case.”
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He called for a backup plan to be put in place and warned Biden against simply accepting the Supreme Court’s decision — which the White House has already indicated it will — which could set up a bitter showdown between of the parties when the decision comes down.
“I (and others) have been steadfast in having a Plan B,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “What we should not accept is a situation where there’s no plan B and the admin just shrugs in the event of a bad ruling. Absolutely not.”
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Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan is expected to cost about $400 billion, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
National Economic Council Deputy Director Bharat Ramamurti told reporters at the end of January that the administration is “confident” in its legal standing to use the HEROES Act to leverage its student loan plan. The 2003 law allows the Secretary of Education to modify student loan balances when linked to a national emergency.
He agreed, “Obviously, the Supreme Court will weigh in on that soon, but we’re not talking about or considering any other kind of alternative approach.”
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Last week the Senate voted to reject the measure by a 52 to 46 margin. Sens. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Joe Manchin, DW.Va., voted with Republicans to pass the resolution, as did Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, I-Ariz. The repeal resolution passed the House of Representatives on a party-line vote last month.
President Biden plans to veto it when it reaches his desk, the White House has said.