Advocates Pressure SCOTUS To Uphold Biden’s Debt Relief

pressure on the nation's highest court to allow President Joe Biden's student-loan forgiveness
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Advocates, legal experts, economists, and scholars are keeping pressure on the nation's highest court to allow President Joe Biden's student-loan forgiveness to reach millions of Americans this year.

On Wednesday, over a dozen groups filed amicus curiae briefs to the Supreme Court expressing support for Biden's plan to forgive up to $20,000 in student debt for federal borrowers. This is a critical time for student-loan borrowers — the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the two lawsuits that blocked Biden's debt relief on February 28, and it will ultimately decide whether millions of borrowers will resume payments this year with or without a reduction to their loan balances.

The briefs covered a range of topics, from the plaintiffs' standing to sue to student-loan company MOHELA's role in one of the cases. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said in a statement that they reflect "the strength of our legal positions versus the fundamentally flawed lawsuits aimed at denying millions of working and middle-class borrowers debt relief."

"As these diverse groups made clear today, student loan borrowers from all walks of life suffered profound financial harms during the pandemic and their continued recovery and successful repayment hinges on the Biden Administration's student debt relief plan," Cardona said. "We will continue to defend our legal authority to provide the debt relief working and middle-class families clearly need and deserve."
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