Justice Barrett, again, turns down request to stop Biden’s student loan handout

CNBC reports that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett, for the second time in less than a month, has rejected a request to stop President Joe Biden’s student loan handout from taking effect. 

This latest request came from a libertarian group called the Pacific Legal Foundation. The group requested an emergency order preventing the student loan handout from being implemented while litigation regarding its legality takes place.

Barrett, though, turned down the emergency request unilaterally. Each justice has the power to make such decisions regarding such requests for the particular area of the country that they oversee. The area from which this request came is overseen by Barrett.

No explanation was provided by Barrett, which is the standard practice.

Biden’s student loan handout

Biden, through executive action alone, is trying to cancel up to $10,000 in debt per federal student loan borrower or up to $20,000 if the borrower is a Pell Grant recipient. To qualify for the loan cancellation, one has to make less than $125,000 per year if single or less than $250,000 per year if married.

It was just in October that the Biden administration opened up the application process. And, thus far, about 26 million Americans have applied, and about 16 million of the application have been approved.

Biden’s plan, which is estimated to cost around $500 billion, has been heavily criticized, including by some Democrats. And, it is facing several legal challenges.

Barrett’s first rejection

A similar emergency request, to the one from the Pacific Legal Foundation, was made last month by the Brown County Taxpayers Association of Wisconsin. It, too, was rejected in the same manner by Barrett.

Because no explanation was provided in either case, we do not know why exactly Barrett turned the requests down. But, legal commentators believe that Barrett likely rejected the requests on technical grounds.

Lawsuits continue

Although these emergency requests have been turned down by the Supreme Court, legal challenges to Biden’s student loan handout continue. The emergency requests are simply to stop the handout from happening while the handout’s legality is being litigated.

There is at least one ongoing lawsuit from six-Republican states that are challenging the legality of Biden’s student loan handout.

It remains to be seen whether the courts will uphold Biden’s handout or put a stop to it.

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