Text: H.R.5928 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (05/23/2018)


115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 5928


To repeal the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, forgive all outstanding Federal student loans, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 23, 2018

Mr. Polis (for himself, Mrs. Carolyn B. Maloney of New York, Mr. Scott of Virginia, Ms. Jayapal, Mr. DeSaulnier, Ms. Clarke of New York, Mr. Ellison, Mr. Espaillat, Ms. DeLauro, Ms. Moore, Ms. Adams, Mrs. Napolitano, and Mr. Perlmutter) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on Education and the Workforce, Natural Resources, and Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


A BILL

To repeal the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, forgive all outstanding Federal student loans, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Students Over Special Interests Act”.

SEC. 2. Sunset of public law 115–97.

(a) In general.—All provisions of, and amendments made by, Public Law 115–97 shall not apply to calendar, taxable, plan, or limitation years beginning after December 22, 2017.

(b) Application of certain laws.—The Internal Revenue Code of 1986 shall be applied and administered to years described in subsection (a) as if the provisions and amendments described in subsection (a) had never been enacted.

SEC. 3. Forgiveness of outstanding Federal student loans.

(a) Forgiveness required.—Notwithstanding any other provision of law, not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Education shall forgive the outstanding balance of interest and principal due on all eligible Federal student loans.

(b) Method of loan forgiveness.—To provide the loan forgiveness required under subsection (a), the Secretary is authorized to carry out a program—

(1) through the holder of the loan, to assume the obligation to repay the outstanding balance of interest and principal due on a loan made, insured, or guaranteed under part B of title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965; and

(2) to cancel the outstanding balance of interest and principal due on a loan made under part D of such title.

(c) Exclusion from taxable income.—The amount of a borrower’s eligible Federal student loans forgiven under this section shall not be included in the gross income of the borrower for purposes of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

(d) Definition of eligible Federal student loan.—In this section the term “eligible Federal student loan” means any loan made, insured, or guaranteed under part B or part D of title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965.

SEC. 4. Increase in Federal Pell Grants; deficit reduction.

(a) In general.—Of the amount of net cost savings achieved by sections 2 and 3—

(1) one half shall be used by the Secretary of Education to increase the maximum Federal Pell Grant under section 401 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1070a) by an equal amount for each of the 10 award years beginning after the date of the enactment of this Act; and

(2) one half shall be used for the purpose of deficit reduction.

(b) Treatment as mandatory spending.—The amounts provided under subsection (a)(1) shall be available without further appropriation.

(c) Continuation of maximum amount.—Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the amount of the maximum Federal Pell Grant under section 401 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1070a) for each award year beginning after the expiration of the period described in subsection (a)(1) shall be not less than the maximum amount determined for the last award year in such period.