A federal judge in Texas struck down the Biden administration’s student debt relief program Thursday.
Driving the news: U.S. District Judge Mark Pittman, appointed by former President Trump, declared the program illegal after the Job Creators Network Foundation filed a lawsuit last month alleging the administration violated federal procedures.
- The suit, filed on behalf of two borrowers, accuses the administration of denying borrowers an opportunity to provide public comment before launching the program.
The big picture: The move comes after a federal appeals court temporarily blocked the debt relief program in a suit brought by six Republican states — among a growing number of legal challenges against the plan.
- The Supreme Court has already turned down two requests to block the program — one from a Wisconsin taxpayer group and another from an Indiana legal group.
What they’re saying: “The court has correctly ruled in favor of our motion and deemed the Biden student loan program illegal,” said Elaine Parker, president of the foundation, in a statement.
- Representatives from the Biden Administration did not immediately respond to Axios’ request for comment.
Editor’s note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.