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States Ask Supreme Court to Keep Biden Student-Debt Plan on Hold

Nov. 23, 2022, 5:30 PM

Six Republican-led states urged the US Supreme Court to keep President Joe Biden’s student-loan relief plan on hold, saying Congress didn’t authorize him to unilaterally take a step with such sweeping economic and political ramifications.

Biden last week asked the justices to lift a federal appeals court order that is now blocking the program, which the administration has said could affect more than 40 million people. The states say Biden exceeded his authority under a law that lets the Education Department forgive loans during national emergencies.

That law “requires a real connection to a national emergency,” the Nebraska-led group ...