Judge dismisses effort to halt student loan forgiveness plan

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FILE - New graduates line up before the start of a community college commencement in East Rutherford, N.J., May 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

By JIM SALTER
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) – A federal judge in St. Louis has dismissed an effort by six states to block the Biden administration’s plan to forgive student loan debt for tens of millions of Americans.

U.S. District Judge Henry Autrey wrote in the ruling on Thursday that because the six states failed to establish they had standing, “the Court lacks jurisdiction to hear this case.” Suzanne Gage, spokeswoman for Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson, says the states will appeal.

The other states involved are Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas and South Carolina.

President Joe Biden announced in August that his administration would cancel up to $20,000 in education debt for huge numbers of borrowers.

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