Action Reports

September 18, 2020

From Your Lobbyist: Student Debt Rumblings

Week of Sep. 14-18 Senators Call for $50k in Debt Cancellation: On Thursday September 17, Minority Leader Senator Schumer (D-NY) & Senator Warren (D-MA) introduced a resolution that calls for the President to immediately cancel $50,000 in student loan debt for all federal borrowers. The cancellation of debt in this amount is meant to provide […] Read More →

July 31, 2020

From Your Lobbyist: HEALS Act, Deferment, and House Funding

HEALS Act, Provides no Healing: After intraparty drama and infighting within the Republican party, Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) introduced the HEALS Act, which does anything but pave the road for Americans to heal from the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite proposing $30 billion for direct aid for higher education, it falls immensely short […] Read More →

July 10, 2020

From Your Lobbyist: House Making Moves

Week of July 6-10 House Advances FY21 Education Spending Bill: On July 7, the Labor Health Human Services and Education (LHHS-Ed) Subcommittee on Appropriations marked up their fiscal year 2021 (FY21). In her opening remarks, Chairwoman DeLauro (D-CT) emphasized that COVID-19 is the biggest health crisis we have faced as a country in a century […] Read More →

June 12, 2020

From Your Lobbyist: Black Lives Matter, Colleges, and Trump Veto

Black Lives Matter: Right now, we’re in the middle of the largest demonstration of civil unrest in regards to racist violence in our generation’s history. AYA’s core mission is always  viewed through a lens of equity, but recently, AYA has been actively engaged on all of our channels to show our ongoing support for the […] Read More →

May 20, 2020

From Your Lobbyist: House Passes the HEROES Act, D.O.A in Senate

May 18th, 2020 Late on the night of Friday, May 15th, the Democratic House of Representatives passed the HEROES Act, which if passed into law would provide slightly upwards of $3 trillion in emergency relief funds due to the continuing fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill includes a whopping $37 billion for aid to […] Read More →

April 3, 2020

From Your Lobbyist: More COVID-19 and another BIG win.

Week of March 30-April 3 We hope this report finds you and your families safe and healthy during this difficult time. Last week, the third emergency COVID-19 stimulus bill (CV3) was signed into law that contained some important provisions for Young Americans. While the bill was not perfect at addressing all of the pressing needs […] Read More →

March 13, 2020

From Your Lobbyist: COVID-19 and a big AYA win.

Week of March 9-13 College Campuses Close and Go Virtual: With COVID-19 ravaging the nation and Members of Congress scrambling to pass emergency funding to deal with the response to the virus, it has been a rather hectic week on Capitol Hill. Over the course of the week, over 100 colleges and universities have cancelled […] Read More →

February 28, 2020

From Your Lobbyist: House Grills DeVos

Week of Feb 24-28 On Feb 27th, the House Labor HHS Education Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the President’s proposed FY21 education budget started calmly but ended just as acrimoniously as last year’s hearing before the same panel. Many Democratic members of Congress chastised DeVos for her agenda to privatize education and failure to protect students […] Read More →

January 17, 2020

From Your Lobbyist: House Blocks BD Rule, Warren to Cancel Loans

Week of Jan 13-17 Despite the intense advocacy of the national education groups, dozens of consumer and student groups, and AYA from 2018-2019 against the Trump Administration’s rewrite of the borrower defense rules, the Department’s new rules are set to effect July 1, 2020. To stop these rules, which would make it harder for defrauded […] Read More →

December 13, 2019

From Your Lobbyist: House and Senate Advance Major Policies

Week of Dec. 9-13 Despite a lot of the national attention on the ongoing impeachment proceedings, this week proved that, indeed, Congress can walk and chew gum––as it was a jam-packed week of higher ed policymaking and hearings. Over the last week, the House and Senate advanced legislation that would permanently reauthorize HBCU funding and […] Read More →


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