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 July 2, 2023

Nancy Pelosi's own words cited in SCOTUS ruling that shot down Biden's student debt program

Democrats were ultra-triggered last week after taking a spate of losses at the Supreme Court level, including the shooting down of President Joe Biden's $430 billion, unconstitutional student loan forgiveness program. 

In the high court's 6--3 decision on the case, Chief Justice John Roberts made the matter sting even more for Democrats as he quoted then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s 2021 remarks in his ruling, The Western Journal reported.

Fox News host Kayleigh McEnany pointed out that Roberts used Pelosi's words as part of the reason why the high court ruled against the Biden administration waving a magic wand to erase billions in student loan debt.

"In striking down Biden's misuse of executive power in forgiving student loans, the Court cites Nancy Pelosi," she tweeted, before providing the quote used in the ruling.

"As then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi explained: 'People think that the President of the United States has the power for debt forgiveness. He does not. He can postpone. He can delay. But he does not have that power. That has to be an act of Congress.' Press Conference, Office of the Speaker of the House (July 28, 2021)."

RNC Research surfaced the video on Twitter of Pelosi's words during a 2021 press conference.

"Can the Secretary use his powers to abolish $430 billion in student loans, completely canceling loan balances for 20 million borrowers, as a pandemic winds down to its end?" Roberts wrote.

He added: "We can’t believe the answer would be yes. Congress did not unanimously pass the HEROES Act with such power in mind. ‘A decision of such magnitude and consequence’ on a matter of ‘earnest and profound debate across the country’ must ‘res[t] with Congress itself, or an agency acting pursuant to a clear delegation from that representative body.'"

The Western Journal noted:

Justices Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, and Ketanji Brown Jackson dissented, arguing that the education secretary did, in fact, have the authority under the HEROES Act to cancel the student debt.

Biden's program was super-conveniently launched just before the 2022 midterms.

Many, including several high-profile Republican lawmakers, criticized the program, arguing that something of that magnitude takes an act of Congress to put into action.

Others, including former President Donald Trump, accused the Biden administration of attempting to "buy votes" with the program, especially given that Democrats are struggling more with younger voters than they have previously.

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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