Biden predicts student loan forgiveness controls will expire within two weeks

President Biden predicted Thursday that a court battle over his student loan forgiveness program would be quickly resolved and that borrowers would soon see their repayments materialize.

“We’re winning that case. I think in the next two weeks you’re going to see those checks go out,” Biden told Nexstar’s Reshad Hudson in an exclusive interview in Syracuse, NY

A federal appeals court ruling on Friday halted the loan forgiveness program and stopped the administration from disbursing emergency aid while the court considers a challenge from six Republican-led states.

A federal district judge had dismissed the case a day earlier, ruling that the six attorneys general representing the states did not have standing to sue because they had not shown the policy directly harmed their states.

The White House announced plans in August to forgive up to $10,000 in federal student loan debt for borrowers earning less than $125,000 and as much as $20,000 for borrowers who received Pell Grants. The initiative lived up to a campaign promise from Biden, although some progressives failed to forgive more debt. It also happened after loan repayments had been paused since the start of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.

Biden said last Friday that 22 million Americans had applied for student loan forgiveness in the first week after the applications were available.

But the plan has faced countless court challenges from conservatives who oppose the policy. Some of those lawsuits have already been dismissed for lack of standing, since the program is voluntary and it’s unclear who it directly harms.

Biden has used the challenges to argue that Republicans oppose providing relief to middle- and low-income Americans buried under student loan debt.

“At a time when people are dealing with a pandemic, and at the time when he — as you know, at the end of this year, he’s going to lift the recess, he wanted to make sure that the American people, who he says, has had a bit of a respite,” said press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Thursday.

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