Another Appellate Court Blocks Student Loan Forgiveness

Executive branch program said to exceed congressional delegation of legislative power.

The Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has upheld a U.S. District Court ruling that blocked President Biden’s administration from proceeding with its student loan forgiveness plan. The lower court’s ruling that the administration had overstepped its constitutional authority will remain in place until a full hearing on the case is held by the Fifth Circuit. 

The Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has also rejected the program. 

The district court judge had written, “The Constitution vests ‘all legislative powers’ in Congress. This power, however, can be delegated to the executive branch. But if the executive branch seeks to use that delegated power to create a law of vast economic and political significance, it must have clear congressional authorization. If not, the executive branch unconstitutionally exercises ‘legislative powers’ vested in Congress.” 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For wisdom for federal judges as they hear challenges to executive policies and programs.
  • For the judges in the appellate courts to be unbiased in determinations and rulings.
  • For the president and his administration to adhere to the separation of powers as outlined in the Constitution.

Sources: Western Journal, Reuters, Washington Post 


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