President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan, which many viewed as an illegal ploy to court millennial voters, has gone up in flames after a federal judge ruled that the program was an unlawful encroachment on Congress’ authority.
US District Judge Mark Pittman said the program, which was done without the consent of Congress, was unconstitutional.
“In this country, we are not ruled by an all-powerful executive with a pen and a phone,” Pittman wrote.
“Instead, we are ruled by a Constitution that provides for three distinct and independent branches of government.”
The Biden administration had been sending out emails to student loan borrowers in the days before the election asking them to apply for debt forgiveness, but now the application has disappeared from federal websites.
The implosion of the program comes three days after midterm elections that saw Democrats wildly outperform expectations.
According to news reports, some 26 million Americans had already applied for loan forgiveness, with 16 million receiving preliminary approval.
The Herald’s initial staff report said 177,000 Mainers stood to benefit from the program and never questioned where the money would come from or whether the measure would withstand Constitutional scrutiny.