Wisconsin group asks SCOTUS to block Biden's student loan forgiveness plan
- The Brown County Taxpayers Association, based in Green Bay, Wisconsin, argued in its application for an emergency injunction that the Biden administration had overstepped its executive powers in proposing going forward with the plan.
- The forgiveness plan would alleviate some of the debt burden of 43 million Americans but has drawn opposition from many Republicans and some Democrats in battleground states.
What they're saying: "There is no legal justification for this presidential usurpation of the constitutional spending power, which is reserved exclusively for Congress," lawyers representing the taxpayers association said in the application.
- "The assault on our separation of powers—and upon the principle that the spending power is vested solely in Congress—is extraordinary, and perhaps unprecedented," the lawyers claimed.
The big picture: Nebraska, Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Kansas and South Carolina filed a joint suit against Biden, Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona and the Education Department in late September, as did Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich.
- A lawyer working for the Libertarian Pacific Legal Foundation also sued the Education Department in a federal court in Indiana in September, and a judge later denied his request to pause the plan.
- The Brown County Taxpayers Association first filed its suit against Biden and Cardona earlier this month.
- Student loan forgiveness application officially live
- Inside preparations to challenge Biden's student loan forgiveness
Editor's note: This story has been updated with new details throughout.