Teachers’ union president Randi Weingarten got attention on social media for her emotional display outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
A Student Debt Crisis Center’s rally was held in response to the Supreme Court listening to a pair of challenges to President Biden’s plan to forgive $10,000 in federal student loans for individuals making less than $125,000 per year or households earning less than $250,000 annually. Weingarten broke down during her speech.
“And frankly, and this is what really pisses me off,” Weingarten said. “During the pandemic, we understood that small businesses were hurting, and we helped them, and it didn’t go to the Supreme Court to challenge it. Big businesses were hurting, and we helped them, and it didn’t go to the Supreme Court to challenge it.”
The Supreme Court will ultimately decide whether President Biden has the authority to implement the plan and whether the Department of Education is authorized to advance it. Biden has claimed that he maintains authority under the Higher Education Relief Opportunities for Students (HEROES) Act, which was previously intended for service members deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq.
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