WASHINGTON - When asked by College of DuPage professor Jackie McGrath what the U.S. House is doing to help make higher education more affordable for families and students, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) responded with an "Ask Peter" Youtube. Roskam said the U.S. House had passed the "Student and Family Tax Simplification Act," this summer, but he did not mention the bill had a slim chance to become law.
The legislation, sponsored by Tennessee Congresswoman Diane Black passed the U.S. House on July 24, 2014. Bill descriptions say if passed by the U.S. Senate and signed into law by President Obama, the law would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to consolidate certain tax benefits for educational expenses and amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make improvements to the child tax credit.
H.R. 3393 passed the House with 195 Republicans and 32 Democrats supporting it. All of Illinois' Republican delegation voted "yes" and five Democrats that are being threatened in November elections joined the Republicans - Bustos, Schneider, Foster and Enyart.
GovTrack.us gives the bill a 20 percent chance of passing the Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate.