AOC warns Supreme Court ‘corruption’ will kill Biden student loan forgiveness plan

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., speaks during a news conference by the Congressional Progressive Caucus on the threat of default, Wednesday, May 24, 2023, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) Jacquelyn Martin/AP

AOC warns Supreme Court ‘corruption’ will kill Biden student loan forgiveness plan

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) warned the Biden administration that the Supreme Court’s “corruption” would tank the administration’s student loan forgiveness plan.

The New York congresswoman responded to a comment on her Instagram on Sunday, which asked Ocasio-Cortez whether she believed there was any “hope” of the forgiveness plan to be saved by the high court.

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“In every convo we’ve had with the White House, they feel very strongly about the chances of their case before the court,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote in a response posted to her Instagram story.

“While I personally do not share their same sense of optimism (not because I doubt the legal case, but because I do not believe the SCOTUS’ corruption can be trusted), the Biden admin has been insistent that they feel they have a case.”

The Supreme Court, which leans conservative, has been criticized by the Left as being “corrupt” after a report revealed that Justice Clarence Thomas received lavish gifts and vacationed with a billionaire that Thomas claimed was a friend of his and his wife.

Ocasio-Cortez also encouraged the Biden administration to create a “Plan B” in the case that the Supreme Court does throw out the forgiveness plan in its final ruling later this month.

“I (and others) in turn have been very adamant on having a Plan B,” the congresswoman said. “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.”

The student loan forgiveness plan is projected to cost approximately $400 billion, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Roughly 43 million borrowers are eligible for the plan.

Deputy Director of the National Economic Council Bharat Ramamurti said the administration was “confident” in its legal standing in using the HEROES Act to invoke its student loan plan in January. The HEROES Act allows the education secretary to modify student loan balances when linked to a national emergency, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Senate, however, voted to disapprove the Biden administration’s student loan proposal last week in a 52-46 vote. Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ), and Jon Tester (D-MT) voted with Republicans in the Senate to pass the resolution. The resolution passed the House in a vote among party lines last month.

President Joe Biden plans to veto the resolution when it gets to his desk, according to the White House. It will mark his fifth veto if he follows through.

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