District judge tosses lawsuit over student loan plan from Nebraska, five other states

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A Republican-led legal challenge to President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan was unsuccessful.

District Judge Henry A. Autrey dismissed the legal challenge on Thursday, according to court documents.

Autrey concluded that the six-state coalition failed to establish Article III standing, which means the states could not prove that they were adversely affected by Biden’s plan.

The challenge was filed in a Missouri federal court on Sept. 29 by Nebraska, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and South Carolina.

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Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson released a statement regarding the decision Thursday evening:

“The district court acknowledged in its opinion that the States ‘present important and significant challenges’ to the Biden administration’s student loan debt cancellation program. While the court said that the States do not have standing to bring this lawsuit, the States continue to believe that they do in fact have standing to raise their important legal challenges. As a result, the States will be appealing and seeking immediate relief from the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.”

The coalition was hoping for the court to issue an immediate temporary restraining order, which would have paused the program.

In a press release from the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office, the coalition called the program “unwise and inherently unfair.”

The group also said it was an example of unlawful regulatory action.

In August, Biden announced that he would eliminate $10,000 in federal student loan debt for borrowers with incomes below $125,000 a year.

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