Action Reports

November 25, 2019

From Your Lobbyist: Support for Higher Ed Bill, Federal Funding Extended

Week of Nov 18-22 Bipartisan Higher Ed Bill Draws Support, Federal Funding Extended to Dec 20th While comprehensive Higher Education Act reauthorization remains stalled in the Senate, one aspect of Higher Education Act regulations – the so-called 90/10 rule – may see an upgrade thanks to the introduction this week of bipartisan Senate legislation. Under […] Read More →

November 1, 2019

From Your Lobbyist: College Affordability Act Passes Committee, House Floor Next

Week of Oct. 25-Nov. 1 Despite the city’s exuberance over the Washington Nationals’ World Series victory on Wednesday night (go Nats!) and the distraction of the ongoing impeachment proceedings, important work on education policy actually occurred in Washington this week. After a three-day mark-up in which over 50 amendments were considered, the Democratic led House […] Read More →

October 18, 2019

From Your Lobbyist: AYA Endorses the College Affordability Act

Week of Oct. 14-18 College Affordability Act Unveiled and AYA Proudly Endorses This Awesome Piece of Legislation! Earlier this week after months of anticipation, the House Education & Labor Committee chaired by Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) finally unveiled legislation that would overhaul the higher education system by reauthorizing the Higher Education Act. Entitled “The College […] Read More →

October 1, 2019

From Your Lobbyist: HELP Committee and the Government Stays Open

Week of September 23-27 Chairman of Senate HELP Committee Releases Package of Higher Ed Bills: Despite the impeachment inquiry news sucking the air out of DC, it was a slow education news week. That is until, on Thursday, Senate HELP Committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) introduced a package of eight previously introduced and bipartisan bills, […] Read More →

September 6, 2019

From Your Lobbyist: Back to School, Back to Congress

Week of September 3-6 After a long 5-week hiatus this summer, Congress returns to session next week and passing the federal funding bills will be the only thing on everyone’s minds. When it returns next week, Congress only has 13 legislative days to pass all 12 appropriations bills before government funding runs out on September […] Read More →

June 21, 2019

From Your Lobbyist: Funding Bill Passes House and Bankruptcy Hearings

Week of June 17-21 House Passes FY20 Funding Bill: While not much action occurred in the Senate regarding higher education, the House was the center of gravity on federal education policy this week. After a little more than a week of debate and floor amendments, the House of Representatives approved a spending package, which included […] Read More →

May 31, 2019

From Your Lobbyist: Congress is in Recess, AYA is not

Week of May 27-31 Back in the district: So, what does it mean when Congress is in recess? Does it mean they are back home resting on their laurels? Nope not quite––it means that while no official business is being conducted while Congress is out of session, elected officials are back in their districts during […] Read More →

May 13, 2019

From Your Lobbyist: House Funding Bill and Student Loan Interest Rates

Week of May 6-10 House Proposes Historic Higher Ed Increases in Funding Bill: Last week, House Appropriations Committee marked up and passed the fiscal year 2020 LHHS-Education funding bill and approved all 12 subcommittee spending levels, known as the 302(b) allocations, which include $189.9 billion (6% increase above FY19) for the LHHS-Ed subcommittee. The allocations […] Read More →

March 18, 2019

From Your Lobbyist: Busy Week for Higher Ed on Capitol Hill

Despite taking a few months to settle into their new offices, get acquainted with Capitol Hill, and wrapping up a heated fiscal year 2019 funding battle, Congress was very active this week in addressing higher education issues. Altogether, there were three higher education hearings, a few pieces of legislation, and a Capitol Hill briefing hosted […] Read More →

January 16, 2019

From Your Lobbyist: What’s Up With the Department of Ed’s Neg Reg?

In addition to spending the first two years trying to dismantle regulations that protect student borrowers and hold institutions accountable for providing a valuable education, the Department of Education’s latest efforts include gutting rules regarding accreditation that would weaken oversight and accountability. Because it remains funded and operational despite other agencies being shut down, the […] Read More →


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