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The Biden administration overrode the congressional authority with the student debt relief plan, Nebraska among the states that challenged Biden

WASHINGTON — In response to a challenge brought by six Republican-led states, a federal appeals court granted a nationwide injunction on Monday, permanently halting the implementation of the student debt reduction scheme proposed by the Biden administration.

The six states, Nebraska, Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, and South Carolina, argued before the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis that the loan relief program poses a threat to those states’ future tax revenues and that the plan by the Biden administration overrode the authority of Congress. The court reached its decision unanimously.

In the judgment that was handed down by a panel of three judges, it was stated that “the injunction shall stay in effect until further order of this court or the Supreme Court of the United States.”

These justices are Bobby E. Shepherd, Ralph R. Erickson, and L. Steven Grasz, all of whom were appointed by former President George W. Bush, and L. Steven Grasz was appointed by current President Donald Trump. Grasz was born and raised in Nebraska, where he later attained the position of chief deputy attorney general for the state.

A number of legal challenges have been brought against the practice, and the White House has issued a statement in its defense of it.

According to White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, “We are confident in our legal authority for the student debt relief program and believe it is vital to support students most in need while they recover from the pandemic.” “The Administration will never stop fighting to defend working class and middle class Americans, and it will continue to battle these meritless lawsuits brought by Republican officials and special interests,”

Following the decision that was handed down on Monday, the Attorney General of Nebraska, Doug Peterson, made a statement in which he said the following: “The Eighth Circuit’s comprehensive review of the standing question confirms that the States have a right to pursue this very important matter.” The court is also aware that the attempt to write off more than $400 billion in student loans could do irreparable harm to the economy and poses a severe risk to the country’s financial stability. It is imperative that the Biden administration be prevented from engaging in such unethical and illegal abuse of power.

Peterson’s efforts in contesting the debt relief scheme were commended by Jim Pillen, who will be the next governor of Nebraska.

According to a statement released by Pillen, the decision made by the court today to stop an illegal executive order issued by Biden is a victory for the rule of law. On the shoulders of Nebraskans who have worked hard all their lives, the federal government should not be helping out college graduates.

Following a ruling handed down by a judge in Texas on Thursday, the Biden administration has stopped accepting applications for its student debt relief program. The judge’s decision to strike down the program and label it “unconstitutional” prompted the administration’s action. An appeal against the ruling has been submitted by the Department of Justice. The Department of Education is currently collecting the applications that have been submitted.

Missouri connection

At first, the federal judge in Missouri who was assigned to the case dismissed the complaint brought forth by six different states on the grounds that those states lacked the legal standing necessary to bring a case on the basis that they may be injured in the future.

However, the appeals court decided that Missouri had shown that it was likely to be harmed by the debt relief program because of a major loan servicer that is based in the state and would suffer a loss of revenue as a result of the program. That loan servicer is the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority, also known as MOHELA.

According to the panel’s findings, “the challenged student loan debt cancellation creates a threatened financial loss to the State of Missouri due to MOHELA’s financial responsibilities to the State treasury.” Therefore, Missouri is likely within its rights to pursue this issue before the court. Because it is quite likely that one of the parties has standing, there is no need for us to discuss the standing of the other states.

The three-judge panel came to the conclusion that limiting the injunction to just those six states would “fail to offer complete relief” and “be unworkable.” Additionally, MOHELA provides loans across the country, so this was a factor in their decision.

According to what the order has to say, “Given MOHELA’s national responsibility in servicing accounts, we detect no practicable path in this emergency posture for restricting the scope of relief.”

Over 26 million applied

The Federal Reserve estimates that the overall amount of student loan debt in the United States is greater than $1.76 trillion, and more than 43 million Americans currently owe money on their student loans.

Borrowers who qualify for student loan forgiveness under the proposal proposed by the administration of Joe Biden would receive up to $10,000 in debt relief, while Pell Grant recipients would be eligible for up to $20,000 in debt relief under the plan. Borrowers who, in 2021, earned no more than $125,000 per year, and couples whose combined annual income did not exceed $250,000, are eligible to get assistance from this program.

According to Jean-Pierre, more than 26 million people who are currently making payments on student loans have applied for the program, but only 16 million have been accepted.

Because of the widespread coronavirus epidemic, the repayment of student loans was put on hold in the beginning of 2020 and is scheduled to begin again on January 1. The Biden administration has not disclosed whether or not it will prolong the moratorium on the repayment of student loans.

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