A bipartisan resolution to repeal President Joe Biden's student loan cancellation program passed the House of Representatives Wednesday, the Washington Examiner reported. The president's plan would have forgiven student loans of up to $20,000 for those making less than $125,000 annually.
The measure passed 218-203, with two Democrats joining the GOP's effort. It will go onto the Senate for a vote, but Biden has vowed to veto it even if it were to pass with a simple majority.
Reps. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (D-WA) and Jared Golden (D-ME) joined House Republicans who unanimously voted for a Congressional Review Act examination of Biden's student loan handout. The fight over the issue broke down along party lines during debates.
Rep. Bob Good (R-VA) sponsored the resolution and made an impassioned plea on the House floor. "Congress must reclaim its power and act today to stop the unilateral action of President Biden that is exacerbating the higher education financial crisis," Good said.
"This bill is needed to help steer our government spending in a more responsible direction," he added. Education and Workforce Committee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) similarly rallied her GOP colleagues and warned that the program was unfair to people who never attended college but would now be paying off others' loans.
Of course, Democrats were eager to keep the government spigot flowing no matter who was stuck footing the bill. Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) pointed out the number of constituents from each district who would benefit from loan forgiveness without addressing the number of people who would be paying it for them.
Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) claimed "investment" in education should be a bipartisan issue because of how useful it is. "President Biden's loan forgiveness plan helps a lot of borrowers with debt but no degree; many are borrowers who were defrauded by their schools or who had to take on other responsibilities and couldn't complete their education," Bonamici said.
Meanwhile, the legality of Biden's debt forgiveness program is currently being examined by the Supreme Court. Oral arguments were presented in February, and a decision is expected to come from the high court any day now with a good chance it gets struck down.
Biden based his student loan forgiveness program on COVID-19 relief measures using the 2003 HEROES Act, National Review reported. That legislation was originally intended as a post-9/11 program for members of the military who were serving in the new war on terror.
The president applied it to borrowers based during the pandemic, but that logic was faulty as he declared the emergency over at the same time. Biden underscored this attitude about COVID-19 when he allowed Title 42 pandemic protections on immigration to expire as well.
Of course, whether or not these loans will actually be forgiven was never the true aim of Biden's announcement of the program anyway. It came just before the 2022 midterm elections because the president was hoping to buy votes, and the election postmortem proved that he did just that, Fox News reported.
"I'll tell you what won this election for the Democrats: Sure, the young people came out to vote; they got paid – I mean, they got their student loans paid back," Judge Jeanine Pirro said on "The Five" at the time. "It was a buyout."
It's no secret that the Democratic Party routinely buys votes with taxpayer dollars using social and other programs. However, the student program is particularly offensive given the type of people who will now be forced to pay for others' education.
Many of those who opt not to attend college do so precisely because they don't want to pay exorbitant tuition fees for useless degrees. Now they'll be paying for others who made that choice if Democrats have their way on student loan forgiveness -- and that's just not right.