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US Supreme Court blocks Biden's $430 billion student loan forgiveness

The court held that the administration needs Congress' endorsement before undertaking so costly a program

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A sharply divided Supreme Court ruled Friday that the Biden administration overstepped its authority in trying to cancel or reduce student loans for millions of Americans.
The 6-3 decision, with conservative justices in the majority, effectively killed the USD 400 billion plan, announced by President Joe Biden last year, and left borrowers on the hook for repayments that are expected to resume by late summer.
The court held that the administration needs Congress' endorsement before undertaking so costly a program. The majority rejected arguments that a bipartisan 2003 law dealing with student loans provided the authority Biden claimed.
 
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First Published: Jun 30 2023 | 9:07 PM IST

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