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Judge Dismisses Biden Student Loan Cancellation Suit On Lack of Standing

A lawsuit challenging President Biden’s student loan cancellation plan was dismissed by a federal judge on Thursday. U.S. District Court Judge William Griesbach determined the plaintiff did not hold standing as a taxpayer. The challenge was filed by the Brown County Taxpayers Association and alleged the president did not have authority to forgive the student debts. Also that the plan violates the Equal Protection Act because it is described as being geared to specifically help black burrowers. 

The latter part of this argument was described in their complaint, ““By creating and implementing a federal program with an improper racial motive, Defendants violated the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection of the laws, which among other things, prohibits federal spending based on race.” 

The association also referenced White House descriptions of the plan to back up their claim of a violation of the 14th Amendment, “By targeting relief to borrowers with the highest economic need, the Administration’s actions are likely to help narrow the racial wealth gap.” The description continued, “Black students are more likely to have to borrow for school and more likely to take out larger loans.”

But Judge Griesbach noted a precedent which does not automatically grant taxpayers standing just because spending will increase taxes. The Brown County Taxpayers Association came out with their own statement in response to the ruling, “This case involves an extraordinary abuse of executive authority which, in our view, requires an exceptional use of taxpayer standing. These issues will now be reviewed by the appellate courts”