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Judge dismisses suit to halt Biden’s student debt relief for longtime borrowers

Judge dismisses suit to halt Biden’s student debt relief for longtime borrowers

The Washington Post

Danielle Douglas-Gabriel
August 14, 2023
A federal judge on Monday denied a bid by two conservative groups to block the Biden administration from canceling the federal student loans of more than 800,000 people who have been in repayment for more than 20 years.
The Cato Institute and Mackinac Center for Public Policy filed a lawsuit earlier this month, saying the administration violated federal law by failing to produce the forgiveness policy through the traditional rulemaking process and offer the public the opportunity to comment. The groups also claimed the policy would harm their recruitment efforts and asked the court to stop the federal government from canceling any debt as the case proceeds.
U.S. District Judge Thomas L. Ludington of the Eastern District of Michigan issued an 18-page order dismissing the case, concluding the groups lacked the standing to stop one of the administration’s latest efforts to alleviate the burden of student debt.
“We disagree with the court’s conclusion regarding legal standing and are reviewing our legal options,” said Sheng Li, an attorney at the New Civil Liberties Alliance, which is representing the conservative groups in the lawsuit.
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