Justice Amy Coney Barrett on Thursday denied an emergency bid made by some Wisconsin taxpayers who were looking for a way to stop the Biden administration’s student loan forgiveness program from going through.
Barrett, who is responsible for handling emergency matters from Wisconsin, denied the request without referring it to the full court. The Brown County Taxpayers Association on Wednesday had urged the court to rule that the President’s debt cancellation plan was illegal.
A judge had previously found that the group did not have ground to sue, a decision that is being appealed in a lower court. With Barrett’s decision the judge’s findings continue to stand.
In August, President Biden announced a plan that would allow up to $10,000 in federal student loan forgiveness for those with an annual income of less than $125,000. Recipients of Pell grants are also allowed to get up to $20,000 forgiven. This move is aiming to assist lower-income families.
The lawsuit filed by the group of Wisconsin taxpayers argues that the White House does not constitutionally have the power to forgive this debt. They also argue that they have not gotten the authorization required from Congress to enact a policy that will cost around $400 billion for over 30 years.
A U.S. District judge in Wisconsin also dismissed this lawsuit as there was no standing. An intermediate appeals court did not disagree with the judge’s ruling which is what led to the group placing a request with the Supreme Court.