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A federal judge in Missouri has dismissed a $400 billion student loan complaint filed by a group of conservative state attorneys general against President Biden.

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Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and South Carolina filed a lawsuit last month accusing the Biden administration of bypassing Congress and not having the proper authority to write off up to $10,000 in debt for individuals making less than $125,000 a year.

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U.S. District Judge Henry Autry wrote that the states had raised “important and serious issues in terms of debt relief” but had no legal effect.


The decision comes about an hour after Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett refused to block a student loan plan over a protest filed by a Wisconsin taxpayer organization.

Biden’s plan to write off student loans, which would also write off up to $20,000 of debt for Pell Grant recipients, would worth over $400 billionAccording to analysis by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office.

Biden stands on the presidential podium

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre accused Republican lawmakers and governors of “going out of their way to deny student debt relief even to their own constituents” after the Missouri lawsuit was dismissed Thursday night.

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, an official who joined Missouri and other states in the lawsuit, vowed to “appeal immediately” the decision.

Reuters contributed to this report.