October 21, 2022: -On Wednesday, the Supreme Court was requested to stop the Biden government’s student loan debt relief program, set to take effect this weekend.
The request by the Brown County Taxpayers Association in Wisconsin was referred to Justice Amy Coney Barrett. She handles emergency application proposals from the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.
Earlier this month, a federal judge in Wisconsin dismissed the taxpayers association’s lawsuit questioning the program, leading to the group not having legal standing to block the plan.
Wednesday’s request to Barrett asks that the program by President Joe Biden to remove $20,000 in student debt for millions of borrowers be suspended the outcome of the appeal that is pending.
The U.S. Department of Education opened its application for student loan forgiveness in a beta test on Friday.
More than 8 million people submitted requests for relief over that weekend.
On Monday, the application officially launched. The Biden administration could start processing borrowers’ requests for student loan forgiveness as soon as this Sunday.
The legal challenges brought against the president’s plan continue to mount.
Six Republican-led states, including Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and South Carolina, are trying to block Biden’s plan, arguing that the president doesn’t have the power to issue nationwide debt relief without Congress. They’re also claiming that the policy would harm private companies that service some federal student loans by reducing their business.
The main obstacle for those hoping to foil the president’s action is finding a plaintiff who can prove the approach has harmed them. “Such injury needed to establish what courts call ‘standing,'” said Laurence Tribe, a Harvard law professor.
The tribe said he isn’t convinced that any of the current lawsuits filed have successfully done that.