"In the past two months, U.S. Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) has been involved with introducing four bipartisan bills that are currently under review in Congress," the Danville SanRamon reports.
"The legislation includes bills to help pharmacists fight the opioid epidemic, help college students pay for college, encourage trucks that use electric vehicle technology and keep drivers safe from fatal truck underride accidents.
DeSaulnier is the representative for the 11th Congressional district, which includes Danville, Alamo and Blackhawk.
All four bills have been referred to relevant committees and subcommittees in the House of Representatives.
H.R. 3581 -- Pell Grant Flexibility Act
This bill would protect low-income students from being taxed when using their Pell Grants for non-tuition purposes.
Currently, when students use Federal Pell Grants for non-tuition expenses -- like housing, books, transportation or school supplies -- the subsidy is taxed.
'Outside of the obvious cost of tuition, the price of attending college includes housing, transportation to campus, having supplies like textbooks and notebooks as well as other items such as stable childcare,' DeSaulnier said. 'In order to give our students the best shot at success, this bill makes Pell grants more flexible so students can focus more on their learning than on their wallets.'
About eight million students receive Pell Grant funding every year, most of whom have annual family incomes under $40,000.
Joining DeSaulnier in introducing this legislation include Representatives Lee Zeldin (R-NY), Thomas MacArthur (R-NJ), Peter King (R-NY) and 22 national education organizations, including the Contra Costa Community College District, the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers and the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, among others."
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Publication Date: 12/22/2017