The US Supreme Court on Friday rejected an attempt by a conservative organization to block the student debt forgiveness program decreed by President Joe Biden.
Judge Amy Coney Barrett denied an emergency request from the California-based Pacific Legal Foundationa , so that the high court blocked the policy promoted by the White House to cancel up to 10,000 dollars of debt per student.
However, the plan remains temporarily suspended by order of a lower court following a lawsuit led by six Republican-ruled states.
Some 26 million people worldwide The country has already requested the cancellation of its debt since the program was announced at the end of August, according to the White House, which has encouraged those who meet the requirements to continue enrolling in the program.
< p>The Biden Administration has defended its plan since “the monthly expenses of tens of millions of Americans will increase dramatically if debt payments resume next year”.
In the middle On October 1, the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit temporarily blocked debt forgiveness, until the judge rules on the case.
The appeal was filed by six states (Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and South Carolina) after Judge Henry Autrey of the Eastern District Court of Missouri on Thursday issued another order in which he considered that the plaintiffs did not they are a party affected by the cancellation of the debt and therefore reject their request for blocking.
The states had sued the Government and had asked that the cancellation be blocked, considering that Biden had exceeded the limits with this decision and that he lacked the power to decree something like this unilaterally.
At the end of August, Biden announced that he would forgive part of the debt that millions of university students contracted with the federal government in order to pay for their studies, in a wink to the youth vote before the legislative elections on November 8.
The president reported the cancellation of up to 10,000 dollars of debt per student, but this measure will only benefit those who earn more than $125,000 a year or who, while married, have an income of less than $250,000 a year.