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Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett rejects Wisconsin appeal to block Biden student-debt forgiveness

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett on Thursday rejected an appeal from a Wisconsin taxpayers group seeking to stop the Biden administration’s student debt cancellation program.

Barrett did not comment in turning away the appeal from the Brown County Taxpayers Association, which also has lost rounds in lower federal courts. The group wrote in its Supreme Court filing that it needed an emergency order to put the program on hold because the administration could begin canceling outstanding student debt as soon as Sunday.

See: Biden launches application for student-loan forgiveness, says lawsuits won’t stop program

Also: ‘I didn’t co-sign for anyone’s loan’: Herschel Walker rails against Biden student-debt relief plan in Georgia debate

Barrett oversees emergency appeals from Wisconsin and neighboring states. She acted on her own, without involving the rest of the court.

U.S. District Judge William Griesbach had earlier dismissed the group’s lawsuit, finding it didn’t have the legal right, or standing, to bring the case. A panel of appellate judges refused to step in with an emergency order.

Eligible borrowers can apply to have up to $20,000 of debt canceled.

Other legal challenges to the program are pending.

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How to avoid being scammed when you apply for student-loan forgiveness

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