IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
December 11, 2017
Mr. Menendez (for himself, Mr. Schumer, Mr. Kennedy, Mr. Booker, Mr. Cassidy, and Mrs. Gillibrand) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
To waive and repay certain debts relating to assistance provided to individuals and households.
This Act may be cited as the
Disaster Assistance Recoupment Fairness Act of 2017.
Debts arising since 2012
In this section, the term covered assistance means assistance provided—
under section 408 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5174); and
in relation to a major disaster declared by the President under section 401 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5170) during the period beginning on January 1, 2012, and ending on the date of enactment of this Act.
The Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency shall waive a debt owed to the United States related to covered assistance provided to an individual or household, unless the debt involves fraud, the intentional presentation of a false claim, or intentional misrepresentation by the debtor or any party having an interest in the claim.
The Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency shall reimburse a debtor for any payments made by the debtor on a debt owed to the United States related to covered assistance, if the Administrator would have otherwise been required to waive the debt under subsection (b).