Supreme Court refuses to hear student loan case

The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed an emergency appeal, which was brought forward by a Wisconsin Taxpayers Group who challenged President Joe Biden student loan forgiveness plan,

Justice Amy Connie Barrett denied the emergency court filing, which asked the court to block Biden’s plan without comment. The matter went to Barrett as she oversees requests arising from the US Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, where the request was filed.

He did not refer the matter to full court. The decision was not a reflection on the merits of the case, but rather indicated that the court would not be involved before the case was heard in the lower courts.

The Brown County Taxpayers Association, represented by the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, filed an emergency request with Barrett on Wednesday, asking the High Court to intervene while proceedings continue in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. Is.

President Biden leaves for Pennsylvania on his way to the White House
US President Joe Biden speaks to members of the press before his Marine One departure from the White House on October 20, 2022 in Washington, DC.

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In the filing, the group argued that officials in the Biden administration “exceeded their constitutional powers and their plan violates constitutional rights.”

Mr. Biden announced in August that he would take action to forgive $20,000 of federal student-loan debt for Americans earning less than $125,000 a year or $250,000 a year for couples. According to the White House, 43 million borrowers will be provided relief under this plan, of which the remaining debt of about 20 million people will be completely canceled.

application for relief went live earlier this week, and the White House said Monday that 8 million Americans had already applied. Mr Biden is set to deliver remarks Friday at Delaware State University in Dover, Delaware, focusing on student loan relief.

In a separate case, a federal judge in Indiana on Thursday A group of six Republican-led states dismissed the lawsuit It also sought to restrain the Biden administration from going ahead with the relief plan.

US District Judge Henry E. Autrey for the Eastern District of Missouri has allowed the student loan forgiveness plan to go ahead, although the decision is likely to be appealed.

“The plaintiffs have failed to demonstrate standing,” Aute said, “which is necessary to show that they have suffered harm.”

The attorney generals of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and South Carolina and the Republican governor of Iowa filed suit in September, arguing that the Biden administration’s plan was “remotely to address the effects of the pandemic on federal student loan borrowers”. Not ready.” Mr Biden was also cited in the lawsuit September interview with “60 Minutes” In which he declared the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that the White House is still using the ongoing health emergency to justify the plan.

Jan Crawford and Melissa Quinn contributed to this report.

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