WASHINGTON, DC, November 18, 2022—The Justice Department indicated Thursday that it plans to ask the Supreme Court to reinstate a Biden administration student loan plan that would provide millions of Americans their loan forgiveness. The plan has been blocked by two separate federal court rulings.
On Monday, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals became the latest to block the Biden administration’s debt relief program. In a filing Thursday, the Biden administration indicated that it plans to appeal that ruling to the Supreme Court.
“We are confident in our legal authority to carry out this program, and will be taking this fight to the Supreme Court so that borrowers can get the clarity and relief they deserve quickly,” White House spokesman Abdullah Hasan said in a statement. “President Biden will never stop fighting to deliver relief to working and middle class Americans.”
“The government will be filing an application with the Supreme Court to vacate a separate injunction against the Secretary’s action entered by the Eighth Circuit this week,” the court filing from the Justice Department reads.
The disclosure was made in a filing for a separate case appealing a November 10th ruling from a federal judge in Texas who also blocked the 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.
A federal judge in Texas blocked President Joe Biden’s student-loan forgiveness plan, which was already on hold after the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a temporary stay last month.
The DOJ argued in its filing that the Biden’s administration have shown “that the Loan-Discharge Program is authorized by the HEROES Act allows the $400 billion student loan forgiveness program,
DOJ are based “In the HEROES Act, Congress gave the Secretary broad authority to “waive or modify any statutory or regulatory provision applicable to” federal student loan programs in response to a national emergency, “notwithstanding any other provision of law” unless otherwise specified.”
“That authority extends as far as “necessary to ensure that” borrowers affected by the relevant national emergency are not left “in a worse position financially with respect to their student loans because of” it,” DOJ argued in its filing.
Source: CBS News reported the story. Bee News Daily contributed to the article.