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The 2022 midterm election results ended well for President Joe Biden, with his party retaining its majority in the Senate and mitigating losses in the House of Representatives; however, legal challenges over key policies still hang over his administration.

On Nov. 8, Democrats won a large majority in the Senate swing states to keep their slim majorities, although a runoff in the race in Georgia will take place next month. Republicans only need one more seat to retake the House, but the GOP majority will be slim as several races remain too close to call, according to the Fox News Decision Desk.

The Democrats’ election victory was necessary for Biden to continue pushing his legislative agenda for the next two years before the 2024 presidential race.

Retaining control of the Senate will allow Democrats to confirm the president’s judicial nominations and overturn any legislation passed by a GOP chamber.

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However, since the start of Biden’s first term, the courts have proven to be a far more difficult aspect of governance for his administration. Over the summer, the Supreme Court overturned the 1972 decision Roe v. Wade, removing federal protections for abortion. Biden campaigned in the 2020 presidential election on protecting abortion rights, so his administration came under pressure to fight the decision.

President Joe Biden is currently battling for the survival of his student debt forgiveness plan in several Republican-led states as the Supreme Court remains dominated by a conservative majority.
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Two weeks after the Dobbs decision, Biden signed an executive order mandating the Department of Health and Human Services to promote access to health services such as contraception and abortion. At the polls, abortion protections proved a winner in the midterm elections and a key motivator for Democratic voters.

Biden’s legal fight with the courts doesn’t end with abortion, however. Last August, his administration announced a plan to cancel the student debt of tens of millions of Americans by erasing debts of up to $20,000 for Pell grants and up to $10,000 for most borrowers. .

The decision would affect nearly 20 million Americans, or about 45% of all student borrowers in the United States. However, Republican state attorneys general and conservative legal groups have mobilized to halt debt cancellation. In early November, a Texas federal judge appointed by former President Donald Trump ruled that Biden’s executive action was unlawful.

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The Job Creators Network Foundation, a conservative advocacy group, supported the lawsuit on behalf of two borrowers who claimed injuries. Prior to the Texas ruling, Biden’s debt relief plan was temporarily halted by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in six Republican states, including Nebraska, Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas and South Carolina.

Ongoing legal issues have forced the administration to stop taking online applications for canceled student debt. Originally, the Ministry of Education promised that borrowers would have their debt canceled six weeks after applying. According to the White House, 26 million people filed claims before it closed.

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These legal troubles will likely continue as conservative federal judges and Trump-appointed state attorneys are more motivated than ever to oppose Biden’s legislative agenda after a failed “red wave.” Additionally, House Republicans could potentially add to Biden’s legal headaches by passing legislation barring the president from canceling student loans. The GOP would need at least 50 votes in the Senate, but Biden could easily veto such legislation.

Going forward, the biggest opposition to Biden’s agenda is likely to be in the courts, as Congress remains in a political stalemate.