Federal Relations

This Week in Congress

A roundup of bills introduced this week that may be of interest to the higher education community:

S.1: A bill to reform America’s broken immigration system. The priority number of this bill indicates that it will likely be used for some sort of immigration reform in this congress – it will also change several times before we see the final legislation.
Sponsor: Harry Reid (D-NV) Introduced: 1/22/13 Last Major Action: Referred to Senate Committee on Judiciary. Cosponsors: 15

S. 41: A bill to provide a permanent deduction for state and local general sales taxes.
Sponsor: Maria Cantwell (D-WA) Introduced: 1/22/13 Last Major Action: Referred to Senate Committee on Finance. Cosponsors: 3

H.R. 357: A bill to amend Title 38 of the United States Code, to require courses of education provided by public institutions of higher education that are approved for purposes of the educational assistance programs administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to charge veterans tuition and fees at the in-state rate.
Sponsor: Jeff Miller (R-FL) Introduced: 1/23/13 Last Major Action: Referred to House Committee on Veterans Affairs. Cosponsors: 1

S. 113: A bill to amend the Truth in Lending Act and the Higher Education Act of 1965 to require certain creditors to obtain certifications from Institutions of Higher Education.
Sponsor: Richard Durbin (D-Ill) Introduced: 1/23/13 Last Major Action: Referred to Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. Cosponsors: 2

The full text of these bills can be found by searching for their respective bill number at thomas.loc.gov