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Appeals court temporarily halts Biden's student loan forgiveness plan

Six Republican-led states had sued to halt the Biden plan.

Published: October 21, 2022 7:00pm

Updated: October 21, 2022 7:09pm

The U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has temporarily halted the Biden administration's plan to forgive student debt.

Attorneys General for Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and South Carolina sued in late September to halt the Biden plan, a request the court granted pending further litigation, according to Reuters. 

The ruling follows a rejection from Supreme Court Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett to a request from the Brown County Taxpayers Association to halt the plan.

President Joe Biden's initiative would cancel up to $20,000 in student debt for some borrowers. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated it will cost taxpayers up to $400 billion.

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