Along with last week’s roll call votes, the Senate also passed the Social Security Act (S. 4091), to provide authority for fiscal year 2020 for increased payments for temporary assistance to U.S. citizens returned from foreign countries; the Stopping Improper Payments to Deceased People Act (S. 4104), to amend the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Improvement Act of 2012, including making changes to the Do Not Pay Initiative, for improved detection, prevention, and recovery of improper payments to deceased individuals; a bill (S. 4116), to extend the authority for commitments for the paycheck protection program and separate amounts authorized for other loans under section 7(a) of the Small Business Act; and a bill (H.R. 7440), to impose sanctions with respect to foreign persons involved in the erosion of certain obligations of China with respect to Hong Kong.
STUDENT LOANS AND FRAUD: The House has failed to override President Trump’s veto of a resolution (H.J. Res. 76), sponsored by Rep. Susie Lee, D-Nev., that would have voided a September 2019 Education Department rule concerning the process by which former students at public and private schools seek forgiveness of their federal student loans due to alleged fraud by their schools. Lee said the rule would allow for-profit schools to “wreak havoc on the lives of these students and take advantage of American taxpayers.” A resolution opponent, Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., said preserving the rule would ensure that “all colleges and universities will be held accountable, defrauded students will see relief, and taxpayer dollars will be better protected.” The vote, on June 26, was 238 yeas to 173 nays, with a two-thirds majority required to override the veto.
YEAS: Chellie Pingree, D-1st District; Jared Golden, D-2nd District
STATUS OF WASHINGTON, D.C.: The House has passed the Washington, D.C. Admission Act (H.R. 51), sponsored by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C. The bill would make Washington, D.C., a state, to be governed by the district’s existing laws, and with two senators and one representative in Congress. Norton said statehood was needed to end Congress’s “undemocratic or autocratic authority over the 705,000 American citizens who reside in our nation’s capital.” An opponent, Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., said: “Congress does not have the authority to take this district and create a state out of it. At least one constitutional amendment would be required for that to happen.” The vote, on June 26, was 232 yeas to 180 nays.
YEAS: Pingree, Golden
HEALTH INSURANCE: The House has passed the State Health Care Premium Reduction Act (H.R. 1425), sponsored by Rep. Angie Craig, D-Minn. The bill would establish the Improve Health Insurance Affordability Fund, to provide money to state governments for sending reinsurance payments to health insurers, with the goal of thereby reducing the cost of insurance plans bought in the individual health insurance market….