Supreme Court asked to block Biden student debt relief program

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Supreme Court nominee and U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Amy Coney Barrett on Capitol Hill in Washington, October 21, 2020.
Ken Cedeno | Reuters

The Supreme Court on Wednesday was asked to block the Biden administration’s student loan debt relief program, which is set to take effect this weekend.

The Brown County Taxpayers Association, a taxpayers’ group in Wisconsin, directed its request at Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who is responsible for such matters in Wisconsin.

The emergency filing from the association asks that President Joe Biden’s plan to cancel up to $20,000 in student debt for millions of borrowers be suspended while its lawsuit unfolds. The Biden administration could start processing borrowers’ requests for student loan forgiveness as soon as this Sunday.

The U.S. Department of Education opened its application for student loan forgiveness in a beta test on Friday, and more than 8 million people submitted requests for relief over that weekend. The application officially launched on Monday.

At the same, the number of legal challenges that have been brought against the president’s plan continue to mount.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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