Monday, December 4

Student loan debt forgiveness survives another court challenge.

A federal judge in Missouri dismissed a case brought by six conservative states that broadly charged that President Joe Biden had acted beyond his authority in his plan to cancel student loan debt for millions of borrowers, the Associated Press reports.

The six states – Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and South Carolina – failed to establish they had standing, with the judge saying Thursday that “the Court lacks jurisdiction to hear this case.”

The states had also argued they would lose money from future tax revenues and via quasi-state agencies that service student loans.

However, the legal bickering between the president and six states opposed to his debt relief program will continue. Suzanne Gage, spokeswoman for Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson, told AP the states will appeal, saying the states “continue to believe that they do in fact have standing to raise their important legal challenges.”

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