Federal Relations

Newly Introduced Legislation

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

H.R. 729: A bill to amend the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 to exempt the National Institutes of Health from sequestration under section 251A for fiscal 2013, and to reduce the sequestration by the amount of the exemption.
Sponsor: Jim McDermott (D-WA)  Introduced: 2/14/2013  Last Major Action: Referred to House Budget Committee  Cosponsors: 2
Link to McDermott Press Release

H.R. 618: A bill to authorize the Secretary of Education to enter into voluntary, flexible agreements with certain guaranty agencies to provide delinquency prevention and default aversion services for borrowers and potential borrowers of Federal Direct Loans under the Higher Education Act of 1965.
Sponsor: Michael Michaud (D-ME)  Introduced: 2/12/2013  Last Major Action: Referred to House Committee on Education and the Workforce  Cosponsors: 4

S. 370: A bill to improve and expand geographic literacy among kindergarten through grade 12 students in the United States by improving professional development programs for kindergarten through grade 12 teachers offered through institutions of higher education.
Sponsor: Thad Cochran (R-MS)  Introduced: 2/14/2013  Last Major Action: Referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions  Cosponsors: 1

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