Biden claims he got student loan forgiveness 'passed by a vote or two'

The forgiveness plan is being challenged in court specifically on the grounds that Congress did not authorize it.

Updated: October 24, 2022 - 1:29pm

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President Joe Biden said he ensured his student-loan forgiveness program "passed by a vote or two," although Congress never voted on the plan.

Biden announced executive actions in August to forgive up to $10,000 in student loans for borrowers who make less than $125,000 and up to $20,000 for Pell Grant recipients at or below that income level.

"It's passed. I got it passed by a vote or two, and it's in effect," Biden told NowThis News in an interview that aired Sunday.

Several states and at least one legal group have filed lawsuits to stop the plan, specifically on the grounds that Congress did not give authorization to allow the president to cancel student debt. On Friday, a federal judge temporarily delayed the plan from proceeding over such issues. 

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