Wisconsin taxpayer group asks Supreme Court to block Biden's student loan forgiveness program

Group calls loan forgiveness "extraordinary" and "perhaps unprecedented."

Updated: October 19, 2022 - 4:27pm

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A Wisconsin taxpayer group is petitioning the Supreme Court to bring a halt to the Biden administration's student loan forgiveness program as millions of applications for that program have begun flowing into the federal government.

The Brown County Taxpayers Association asked the Supreme Court on Wednesday for an injunction against the White House initiative, claiming President Joe Biden was violating the U.S. Constitution's separation of powers by undertaking it. 

"As soon as Sunday, October 23, 2022, the Biden Administration will start automatically cancelling student-loan debts owed by tens of millions of borrowers," the group argued. "The blow to the United States Treasury and taxpayers will be staggering—perhaps costing more than one trillion dollars."

"If this program goes forward as planned on Sunday, then the President will unilaterally spend roughly 4% of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product," the filing claimed. 

The group claimed there was "no legal justification for this presidential usurpation of the constitutional spending power, which is reserved exclusively for Congress."

The filing asked the Supreme Court to "issue an injunction pending appeal enjoining [the White House] from implementing the Plan." 

The document was addressed to Justice Amy Coney Barrett, the second-newest member of the court and the last of three appointed by then-President Donald Trump before his first term ended.