Supreme Court blocks Biden’s student loan forgiveness program

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Republican presidential candidate former Vice President Mike Pence leaves a campaign stop at the Machine Shed Restaurant on June 8, 2023 in Urbandale, Iowa. Scott Olson/Getty Images

Republican presidential candidates in the 2024 race are responding to Friday’s Supreme Court rulings limiting LGBTQ protections and rejecting President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness program.

Here’s what they are saying:

Former Vice President Mike Pence welcomed both decisions:

On the court blocking the Biden administration’s student loan forgiveness plan, he said, it was a “bailout” that “subsidizes the education of elites on the backs of hardworking Americans, and it was an egregious violation of the Constitution for him to attempt to do so unilaterally with the stroke of the executive pen.”

“I am pleased that the Court struck down the Radical Left’s effort to use the money of taxpayers who played by the rules and repaid their debts in order to cancel the debt of bankers and lawyers in New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.,” he added.

On the Supreme Court’s ruling on LGBTQ protections, Pence noted his role in appointing three of the justices who ensured today’s decision and said, “Religious freedom is the bedrock of our Constitution, and today’s decision reminds us that we must elect leaders who will defend that right and appoint judges who support religious freedom.”

Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley celebrated today’s rulings from the Supreme Court as a “victory for freedom.”

About the Christian web designer case, Haley said in a statement that the United States doesn’t “force our citizens to express themselves in ways that conflict with their religious beliefs.” 

She called President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan a “power grab” and said the Supreme Court was right to block it. “A president cannot just wave his hand and eliminate loans for students he favors, while leaving out all those who worked hard to pay back their loans or made other career choices.”

Sen. Tim Scott welcomed the decision on student loan forgiveness, tweeting:Today’s Supreme Court ruling overturning President Biden’s illegal student loan scheme is a victory for common sense. You take out a loan, you pay it back. This decision frees taxpayers from shouldering debt they never signed up for.”

Former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson praised the student loans decision, saying it “is a victory for the Constitution and the principle of separation of powers. This ruling reaffirms the importance of upholding our legal framework and preserving the checks and balances that ensure the proper functioning of our government.”


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