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Supreme Court denies emergency challenge to student loan forgiveness program


The emergency appeal from a Wisconsin taxpayer organization opposing President Joe Biden’s debt forgiveness scheme was dismissed by the Supreme Court on Thursday.

As is often the case in the court’s emergency “shadow” docket, Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett rejected the application to temporarily halt the program execution a day after it was submitted without providing any justification.

Then, without sending the appeal to the whole court, Barrett turned down the request.

The Brown County Taxpayers Association’s appeal is one of several pending in federal courts to halt the initiative, which detractors claim goes beyond the Department of Education’s power. In August, Biden made the program announcement.

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For those earning up to $125,000 annually or a family member with total annual earnings of no more than $250,000, Biden’s proposal would forgive up to $20,000 in student loan debt for Pell Grant winners and $10,000 for other borrowers.

The HEROES Act, which was approved after the September 11 attacks and led to an American-led military fight against terrorism, was what allowed Biden to implement the debt relief program. According to the law, student loan debt may be forgiven with military operations or other severe national crises.

According to the government, the legislation permits debt forgiveness for Americans experiencing financial difficulty due to the COVID-19 outbreak.


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