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Debt cancellation lawsuit against Biden administration


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Against the Biden administration, Arizona filed a lawsuit on Thursday challenging the president's cancellation of billions of dollars in student loan debt.


As well as Nebraska, Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, and South Carolina, six other Republican-led states also filed suits on the same day against the Biden administration.


For borrowers earning less than $125,000 a year and Pell Grant recipients meeting similar income requirements, the Biden administration said it would provide $10,000 in debt relief or $20,000 in debt relief.


Biden fulfills his campaign promise after months of pressure from a vocal, progressive wing of Democrats. In early October, an application will be submitted for student debt relief.

“The Biden administration does not have the authority to cancel student debt,” Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s office announced on Thursday. “Despite being told by members of congress he cannot pursue such an action, Biden is relying on the Higher Education Relief Opportunities for Students Act (HEROES Act) and the COVID-19 pandemic.”


In an Arizona federal court, Arizona is challenging Biden's authority to cancel student debt. It filed the lawsuit against Biden, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, and the Department of Education. Biden's federal student debt relief proposal is being challenged by Arizona in court and, if found to be unconstitutional, stopped from moving forward.



30 September 2022

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