From Your Lobbyist: New admin, big progress.
January 22, 2021
Week of Jan 18-22
This Week’s Events:
- New Administration, New Congress: This week Americans saw first-hand that our democracy is still very much intact with the swearing in of President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Additionally, two new members of the Senate, Ossoff and Warnock, were sworn in, completing the makeup of the new 117th Congress.
Policies We’re Advocating For:
- Expansion of Issues, New Policy Platforms: We are incredibly excited to announce we have expanded the policy areas that your lobbyists, Ally Bernstein-Talcott and Emily Shetty at Step Up Advocacy will be advocating for to the new Administration and Congress. Those include higher education, climate change, and health care.
Hill & Admin Meetings:
- House Education and Labor Committee: AYA attended a meeting where committee staff members of the House Education and Labor Committee, led by Chairman Scott (D-VA), spoke about their higher education priorities for the new Congress. These priorities included immediate relief for college students in another COVID-19 package, college affordability proposals through reconciliation bills, higher investments in grant programs like Pell, better workforce pathways, and of course, the reintroduction of the College Affordability Act, which AYA endorsed.
- Biden Transition Team Presentation: The Biden transition team briefed a coalition of education and nonprofit organizations on their priorities for the start of the Administration, where Ally spoke about AYA’s higher education priorities. The team reinforced President’s Biden’s priorities to tackle student debt, make college more affordable, and ensure young Americans have high paying job opportunities as we recover from the fallout of these pandemic.
New Policies Introduced:
- Student Loan & Interest Payment Pause Extended Through October 2021: On day 1 of his presidency, as promised, President Biden extended the payment pause on federal student loan payments and accruing interest through September. The extension provides much needed relief to 42 million student loan borrowers and according to CNBC, 90% of borrowers have paused their payments.