Tag Archives: college affordability

House Starts Work on Higher Education Reform; Senate Holds Confirmation Hearing for Andy Puzder

Legislative Activity On Tuesday, February 7, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing titled “Challenges and Opportunities in Higher Education” to examine the current policy issues in higher education. Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC), as well as her Senate counterpart Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and … Continue Reading

FY 2016 Labor-HHS-Education Spending Bill to be Released in Coming Weeks

Legislative Activity FY 2016 Labor-Health and Human Services (HHS)-Education Appropriations In the coming weeks, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor-HHS-Education plans to release its FY 2016 appropriations bill to fund the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. When the draft bill is released, it will mark the first time the subcommittee has … Continue Reading

College Affordability Initiatives; FY 2015 Appropriations; Mitchell’s College Affordability Agenda

Legislative Activity College Affordability Initiatives After failing last week to secure enough votes to proceed to floor consideration of Senator Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) student loan reform legislation, the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act (S. 2432), Democratic Senators committed to continuing to raise the issue – eyeing a week in September to refocus on … Continue Reading

Sen. Patty Murray Looks to Succeed Sen. Tom Harkin as Chairman of the Senate HELP Committee

Legislative Activity School Choice As part of National School Choice Week this week, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) plan to introduce new legislation to incentivize states to expand school choice – without imposing new federal mandates – on Tuesday at an event … Continue Reading

White House to Convene its College Affordability Summit

Legislative Activity FY 2014 Appropriations Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) stated last week that negotiators are making progress on the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill, which is typically the most contentious of the 12 appropriations bills. A draft of the bill – expected to be released Friday, January 10 – … Continue Reading

DOE Publishes Proposed Rule on Migrant Student Data

Legislative Activity Early Childhood Education Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) has set passage of an early childhood education bill as one of his top two priorities for 2014. (The other is an increase in the minimum wage.) As such, we expect the Committee to hold hearings early this … Continue Reading

2014 Fiscal Funding & College Affordability Summit

Legislative Activity Fiscal Year 2014 Funding Budget conferees appear close to a deal that could set spending allocations for each appropriations bill over the next two years. This deal may set the stage for an omnibus appropriations bill instead of a year-long Continuing Resolution (CR), which would unlikely include the Labor-HHS-Education bill. House Appropriations Labor-HHS-Education … Continue Reading

Legislation to Help Homeless Students; Obama Administration Announces Major Competitive Educational Grant

Legislative Activity Legislation to Help Homeless Students Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Mary Landrieu (D-LA) plan to introduce legislation that will assist homeless students that are looking for financial aid to attend college. In the bill, colleges would be required to develop a plan to assist homeless and foster youth during academic … Continue Reading

DOE to Host Fourth Public Meeting on President Obama’s Proposed College Ratings System

Legislative Activity House Subcommittee Changes House Education and the Workforce Committee Ranking Member George Miller (D-CA) announced new subcommittee assignments last week. As such, Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) will join the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education and the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections. Additionally, Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) is moving from that subcommittee … Continue Reading

Student Debit Cards

Legislative Activity Student Debit Cards Last Thursday, September 26, Democratic lawmakers, including Sens. Sherrod Brown (OH), Elizabeth Warren (MA), and Dick Durbin (IL), as well as Reps. George Miller (CA), Louise Slaughter (NY), Maxine Waters (CA) and Peter Welch (VT), sent letters to bank CEOs asking for information related to their agreements with institutions of … Continue Reading