Biden and Xi Jinping Meet, Student Loan Forgiveness Stopped: 5 Things Podcast

Today’s episode of the 5 Things Podcast: President Biden pressured China’s Xi Jinping to find ‘a way to work together’

USA TODAY White House Correspondent Francesca Chambers provides an update on the G-20 Summit. Plus, USA TODAY higher education reporter Chris Quintana examines what happens next for President Joe Biden’s suspended federal student loan forgiveness program.

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Taylor Wilson:

good morning. I’m Taylor Wilson. Here are 5 things he should know on Tuesday, November 15, 2022. Look at human rights setbacks in Iran and Afghanistan.

The G20 summit in Bali kicked off yesterday with a meeting between President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Producer PJ Elliott spoke with USA TODAY’s White House correspondent, Francesca Chambers, to find out where the two countries go from here.

Francesca Chambers:

President Biden said he and Xi Jinping had a candid conversation and understood each other. One of the key things he said they talked about was China’s military activity in the Taiwan Strait. said that

PJ Elliott:

Francesca, how long did the meeting last?

Francesca Chambers:

After three hours of talks, Biden is now optimistic, saying he believes the United States and China can work together.

Taylor Wilson:

Does that mean that US-China relations have calmed down?

Francesca Chambers:

Well, they both agreed to continue the discussion. President Biden has revealed plans to send Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to Beijing.

Taylor Wilson:

You can follow Francesca’s G20 coverage and more by following her on Twitter at fran_chambers.

A federal appeals court has blocked President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness program. The latest move has dashed the hopes of his 26 million Americans who have applied for relief and discouraged millions who are eligible. Chris Quintana, USA TODAY’s Higher Education Reporter, joined me to learn more about what this latest court ruling means and what comes next. Chris, thank you for being here.

Chris Quintana:

you’re welcome. Thank you for inviting me.

Taylor Wilson:

So what was this latest federal appeals court ruling?

Chris Quintana:

Well, it actually came out of the 8th Circuit and is specifically related to the case known as Nebraska v. Biden. This is his six conservative states, Nebraska being one of them, and the Biden administration’s plans to write off billions of dollars in student loan debt for millions of borrowers. filed a legal objection. The plan currently faces some legal challenges. The three-judge Eighth Circuit Court upheld the requested injunction.

Taylor Wilson:

all right. What is the current status of the Student Loan Forgiveness Program? Can people still apply?

Chris Quintana:

yes. So, if you haven’t applied for the President’s Student Loan Forgiveness Plan, you can’t apply at this time. The administration says it’s working in court and trying to overturn it, but it’s not currently accepting applications. of which 16 million have said they are ready to forgive their debts. So this is kind of a situation for some sort of fenced off or curious borrower. All you can really do at this point is wait.

Taylor Wilson:

And what happens next? Will the Biden administration appeal to the Supreme Court?

Chris Quintana:

It depends a little. For a while, people were following Nebraska vs. Biden. It was actually this Texas incident that caused the government to close the application window, wasn’t it? But what I’m paying attention to at this point is that I’m looking specifically at this Eighth Circuit decision and looking at what the administration is doing as far as appealing to the Supreme Court. That’s it. It’s probably where you’ll see the most action right away.

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