Updated Oct 19, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Wisconsin group asks SCOTUS to block Biden's student loan forgiveness plan

People outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 11.

People outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 11. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

A conservative Wisconsin tax group asked the Supreme Court on Wednesday to block President Biden's student loan forgiveness plan.

Why it matters: The Biden administration, which has been sued by at least seven states and two organizations over the forgiveness plan, has recently begun accepting applications for it.

  • 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.

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Editor's note: This story has been updated with new details throughout.

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