Senate Bill 1153
116th Congress(2019-2020)
Stop Student Debt Relief Scams Act of 2019
Became Law
Became Law
Became Public Law 116-251 on Dec 22, 2020
Overview
Text
Introduced
Apr 11, 2019
Latest Action
Dec 22, 2020
Origin Chamber
Senate
Type
Bill
Bill
The primary form of legislative measure used to propose law. Depending on the chamber of origin, bills begin with a designation of either H.R. or S. Joint resolution is another form of legislative measure used to propose law.
Bill Number
1153
Congress
116
Policy Area
Education
Education
Primary focus of measure is elementary, secondary, or higher education including special education and matters of academic performance, school administration, teaching, educational costs, and student aid.
Sponsorship by Party
Wisconsin
Delaware
Indiana
Minnesota
Nebraska
New Hampshire
New Hampshire
North Carolina
Passed
December 1, 2020
Type
Unanimous Consent
Unanimous Consent
A senator may request unanimous consent on the floor to set aside a specified rule of procedure so as to expedite proceedings. If no Senator objects, the Senate permits the action, but if any one senator objects, the request is rejected. Unanimous consent requests with only immediate effects are routinely granted, but ones affecting the floor schedule, the conditions of considering a bill or other business, or the rights of other senators, are normally not offered, or a floor leader will object to it, until all senators concerned have had an opportunity to inform the leaders that they find it acceptable.
Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.(text: CR S7141-7142)
Summary

Stop Student Debt Relief Scams Act of 2019

This bill establishes criminal penalties for unauthorized access of certain student loan information and expands the requirements for student loan exit counseling.

Specifically, the bill makes it a crime to knowingly use an access device (e.g., account number) that was issued to another person or was fraudulently obtained to access Department of Education (ED) information technology systems for commercial advantage or private financial gain. A violator is subject to criminal penalties—a fine, a prison term of up to five years, or both.

Further, the bill expands loan exit counseling requirements to require an institution of higher education that participates in federal student-aid programs to provide an explanation to borrowers cautioning them about third-party student debt relief companies.

It also requires ED to prevent unauthorized access to the central database for student aid (i.e., the National Student Loan Data System) and warn borrowers of suspicious activity regarding their student loan accounts.

Text (3)
Actions (18)
12/22/2020
Became Public Law No: 116-251.
12/22/2020
Signed by President.
12/11/2020
Presented to President.
12/07/2020
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
12/07/2020
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote. (text: CR H6881)
12/07/2020
Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.(text: CR H6881)
12/07/2020
DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 1153.
12/07/2020
Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H6880-6883)
12/07/2020
Ms. Stevens moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill.
12/02/2020
Held at the desk.
12/02/2020
Received in the House.
12/02/2020
Message on Senate action sent to the House.
12/01/2020
Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent. (text: CR S7141-7142)
12/01/2020
Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.(text: CR S7141-7142)
12/01/2020
Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions discharged by Unanimous Consent. (consideration: CR S7141-7142)
12/01/2020
Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions discharged by Unanimous Consent.(consideration: CR S7141-7142)
04/11/2019
Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
04/11/2019
Introduced in Senate
Public Record
Created
Apr 12, 2019 4:57:10 AM
Updated
Feb 28, 2021 4:41:16 AM