Thursday, May 30, 2019

Federal Legislative Report (116-03)

116th Congress, Number 03

Last week, the House passed the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act (H.R. 1994) that was initially reported out of the Ways and Means Committee last month with provisions to expand 529 education plans for homeschooling and for private school "expenses in addition to tuition."  Because of advocacy in opposition to those provisions, they were removed before the legislation was cleared for floor consideration by the House Rules Committee.

The SECURE Act would expand 529 plans, however, to allow distributions from 529 plans for student loan repayments, namely a "qualified higher education expense" up to $10,000 annually.

H.R. 1994 is now headed to the Senate.

Last week, the House Judiciary Committee convened for more than eight hours to consider three immigration bills, including the Dream Act of 2019 (H.R. 2820) sponsored by Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), which was approved by a vote of 19-10.  The Dream Act would apply to participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that was suspended in 2017 and then resumed under a court order to continue to process applications of eligible individuals until the courts reach a conclusion in the matter.

The Dream Act would establish a "special procedure for applicants with DACA," and states that the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security "shall establish a streamlined procedure for aliens who have been granted DACA and who meet the requirements for renewal (under the terms of the program in effect on January 1, 2017) to apply for cancellation of removal and adjustment of status to that of an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence on a conditional basis ..." 

Click here to read the complete Federal Legislative Report (116-03), including Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations, grants for services for children with disabilities, school safety grants, education bills assed out of committee, and net neutrality legislation.