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Biden Launches Defense of Student Debt Relief Before SCOTUS

Efforts to cancel debt 'fall comfortably' within the law, the DOJ says

President Joe Biden’s efforts to cancel student debt for millions of Americans "fall comfortably" within the law and enjoy "clear authorization" from Congress, the Justice Department argued Wednesday in its opening brief defending the policy before the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS).

The court filing, submitted late Wednesday evening, marks the beginning of a high-stakes battle at the court in the coming months over the fate of one of Biden’s major domestic policy programs.

SCOTUS is scheduled to hear oral arguments in February in two cases challenging the debt relief program, which provides up to $20,000 of loan forgiveness for tens of millions of borrowers.

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