Federal appeals court blocks Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan
A federal appeals court in St. Louis issued an injunction on Monday blocking President Joe Biden’s student debt forgiveness plan, the latest legal loss for the effort.
According to The New York Times, the three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit ruled that the government can’t cancel debts while the court considers a lawsuit brought against the plan by six Republican-led states.
The states have argued that Biden skirted congressional authority by attempting to cancel the debts.
White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement Monday that the Biden administration is “confident in our legal authority for the student debt relief program” and that it plans to “continue to fight these baseless lawsuits by Republican officials and special interests.”