Red States Call on Supreme Court to Block Biden’s Student Debt Forgiveness Plan

Several Republican-led states have called on the United States Supreme Court to block Democrat President Joe Biden’s plans to wipe the debts of college-educated voters with taxpayer money ahead of the November elections.

The move from red states to block Biden’s new federal initiative aimed at student debt relief is a significant legal confrontation, Courthouse News Service reported.

These states argue that Biden’s debt relief plan, set to commence in August under the Saving on Valuable Education (SAVE) program, bypasses congressional authority and conflicts with past Supreme Court decisions.

The coalition, led by South Carolina, Alaska, and Texas, filed an emergency application on Tuesday.

Their target is the impending launch of the SAVE program, which proposes a new method of calculating student loan payments based on income and family size.

This legal challenge is not the first of its kind.

Last year, a similar Biden proposal aimed at forgiving up to $20,000 per borrower was struck down by the Supreme Court in a 6-3 decision.

The SAVE plan offers potential debt cancellation for loans under $12,000 after a decade of payments, a point of contention for the suing states.

They believe this program could lead to substantial financial loss for taxpayers.

In March, a group of 11 states sought to halt the program through a federal court in Kansas. However, only three states were deemed to have sufficient standing to continue the legal proceedings.

Following a preliminary injunction against the SAVE program by a lower court, the Department of Education requested the 10th Circuit Court to pause this injunction.

This court action temporarily stopped payments and interest accrual for about 3 million borrowers.

The crux of the conservative states’ argument lies in the major questions doctrine.

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This legal principle mandates congressional approval for significant policy shifts, which the states assert have been bypassed.

Joseph Spate, South Carolina’s assistant deputy solicitor general, has been vocal about the administration’s alleged overreach.

“Due to the administration’s intransigence, the court must unfortunately step in again,” he remarked in a recent filing.

He also highlighted the fiscal implications of the SAVE program, suggesting it could lead to the unauthorized cancellation of nearly half a trillion dollars in student debt.

The legal submissions by the states emphasize the program’s potential cost to the public purse—hundreds of billions of dollars.

They argue that this far exceeds the scope of the previously rejected plan and necessitates judicial review.

“This current attempt to unilaterally cancel debt is every bit as unlawful as the first 12-digit effort this court rejected in Nebraska,” Spate added in his filings.

The states are pressing the Supreme Court to not only consider their appeal but to potentially vacate the program in its entirety or at least hear arguments during the next term.

The urgency of this matter is underscored by the state’s request for a Supreme Court decision by the end of the month.

This timeline highlights the immediate financial and administrative impacts they anticipate should the program proceed.

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