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Among bills proposed or introduced recently in Congress are ones related to student loan forgiveness, relocation taxation, mortgage qualification, and leave:

The What You Can Do for Your Country Act of 2019 would broaden the student loan forgiveness program currently applying to federal employees and certain other public sector employees, by making all federal student loans qualify, simplify the application process, and make partial forgiveness available after five years of service for those who remain current on their payments in addition to the forgiveness of the full balance remaining after 10 years.

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HR-2265, a House counterpart to a previously introduced Senate bill (S-841), to extend to all situations a fix enacted last year to a provision of the 2017 tax law generally making relocation expenses taxable for federal employees.

HR-2290, designed to prevent federal employees from being denied mortgage loans because they are in non-pay status due to a partial government shutdown.

S-1174, a Senate counterpart to a previously introduced House bill (HR-1534) to change from unpaid to paid the up to 12 weeks of leave annually available under the Family and Medical Leave Act for childbirth, adoption and certain other purposes.

S-1023, The Veterans Exposed to Toxic PFAS Act, would furnish hospital care and medical services to veterans, members of the reserve components of the Armed Forces, and dependents who were stationed at military installations at which they were exposed to perfluorooctanoic acid or other per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (often used to fight fuel fires, including during training), to provide for a presumption of service connection for those veterans and members of the reserve components, and for other purposes.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness

If you owe around $35K or more in federal student loans you most likely qualify for loan forgiveness under the Department of Education’s Public Service Loan Forgiveness PSLF program.

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Details on PSLF eligibility for federal employees at ask.FEDweek.com

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