H. R. 8514
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
October 2, 2020
Mr. Gonzalez of Texas introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, 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
To direct the Secretary of Education to cancel or repay up to $25,000 in Federal student loans for each borrower.
This Act may be cited as the
Student Loan Relief Act.
Writing down balances for Federal student loan borrowers
Not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall cancel or repay an amount on the outstanding balance due (including the unpaid principal amount, any accrued interest, and any fees or charges) on the Federal student loans of a borrower that is equal to the lesser of—
the total outstanding balance due on such loans of the borrower.
Unless otherwise requested by the borrower in writing, a cancellation or repayment under subsection (a) shall be applied—
in the case of a borrower whose loans have different applicable rates of interest, first toward the outstanding balance due on the loan with the highest applicable rate of interest among such loans; and
in the case of a borrower of loans that have the same applicable rates of interest, first toward the outstanding balance of principal due on the loan with the highest principal balance among such loans.
Data To implement
Contractors of the Secretary, and holders of Federal student loans, shall report, to the satisfaction of the Secretary the information necessary to carry out this section.
For purposes of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, in the case of any cancellation or repayment of indebtedness under this subsection with respect to any borrower:
Exclusion from gross income
No amount shall be included in the gross income of such borrower by reason of such cancellation or repayment.
Waiver of information reporting requirements
Amounts excluded from gross income under paragraph (1) shall not be required to be reported (and shall not be taken into account in determining whether any reporting requirement applies) under chapter 61 of such Code.
In this section:
Federal student loan
The term Federal student loan means a loan—
made under part B, part D, or part E of title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1071 et seq., 1087a et seq., 1087aa et seq.), and held by the Department of Education; or
made, insured, or guaranteed under part B of the such title (20 U.S.C. 1071 et seq.), or made under part E of such title (20 U.S.C. 1087qaa seq.), and not held by the Department of Education.
The term Secretary means the Secretary of Education.