Following oral arguments in Biden v. Nebraska before the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) this week, an Alabama attorney said it isn't looking good for the Biden administration when allowing student loan forgiveness.
Matt Clark, the Alabama Center for Law and Liberty (ACLL) president, spoke to Phil Williams Thursday on "Rightside Radio." He said his family was currently trying to pay off student loans, but he doesn't think it should be the burden of people who didn't sign up to pay for his education to do so.
"Legally though, and constitutionally speaking, a lot of this comes back to a doctrine that we call the Major Questions Doctrine," Clark explained.
The Major Questions Doctrine allows courts to review an agency's interpretation of statutes that are called into question to determine if that agency has exceeded its authority.
"[I]n this case, the authority to forgive student loans supposedly relies on a federal law called The Heroes Act, which was meant to give flexibility to our servicemembers, who signed up to serve our country, like you did so, with their student loans," Clark explained to Williams. "But it's kind of like a bad preacher that takes a Bible verse seriously out of context and uses it to make a completely unbiblical point. I mean, that's what the Biden administration is doing with The Heroes Act to forgive $400 billion of student loan debt for all Americans, regardless of whether they served or not. And it looked to me like the justices of the Supreme Court were very, very skeptical about the Biden administration's ability to do that. I don't think they're going to let them get away with it."
Clark said he expected a SCOTUS decision on the matter to come down this summer.
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