The Justice Department indicated Thursday that it plans to ask the Supreme Court to reinstate a Biden administration plan that would provide student loan forgiveness to millions of Americans. It comes after the plan was blocked by two separate federal court rulings.
8th Circuit Court of Appeals on MondayDebt Relief Program of the Biden Administration. In a filing Thursday, the Biden administration indicated it plans to appeal that decision to the Supreme Court.
The court filing from the Justice Department read, “The government will file an application with the Supreme Court to vacate a separate injunction against the secretary’s action entered by the Eighth Circuit earlier this week.”
The disclosure was made in a filing for appeal of a separate caseFrom a federal judge in Texas who blocked a student loan relief plan, calling it “unlawful.” The Biden administration is asking the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to stay the Texas judge’s decision.
On November 11, the Biden administrationTaking applications for relief programs in response to Texas judge’s ruling. The Department of Education said it would apply for the nearly 26 million people who have already applied for amnesty.
The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision came in response to a lawsuit filed jointly by six Republican-led states that argued the Biden administration was overstepping its executive powers.
The Texas judge’s ruling was in response to a lawsuit from a conservative group called the Job Creators Network Foundation, which argued that the Biden administration violated federal procedures by failing to seek public input on the program.
President BidenThat his administration is canceling up to $20,000 in student loan debt for millions of Americans. About 20 million people will be eligible to have their debt completely canceled under the new scheme.
Borrowers who receive Pell grants for eligible low- and moderate-income families can have up to $20,000 in loan forgiveness, while other borrowers can get up to $10,000 in relief.
Only individuals who earned less than $125,000 in 2020 or 2021 and married couples with an annual income of less than $250,000 are eligible for debt relief under the program.
, Caroline Linton and Amy Pichi contributed reporting.