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Higher Education


September 27, 2018

But Will He Sign It?

Following the Senate’s lead from last week, the House cleared yesterday the massive spending package that combines the annual Labor-HHS-Education and Defense spending bills by a vote of 361-61.  The Senate approved it by a vote of 93 to 7.  The bill also includes a continuing resolution (CR) that would fund through December 7 the…


August 28, 2018

Senate Agrees to Domestic-Defense Appropriations Package

As expected, the Senate adopted last Thursday an appropriations package made up of the two largest spending bills, the Labor-HHS-Education and Defense measures.  The Senate approved the $856.9-billion package by a vote of 85 to 7.  While the House cleared its version of the Defense bill, it has yet to move on Labor-HHS. Among other…


August 13, 2018

Two Biggest Spending Bills Likely to See Senate Movement

After the Senate returns from its abbreviated August recess this Wednesday, it is expected to start debate on the two biggest spending bills, the Defense and Labor-HHS Appropriations Bills. The Senate will most likely combine the two measures into a single package, which, if passed, would include a total of approximately $857 billion in total spending for…


July 24, 2018

House Democrats Unveil HEA Legislation

To counter the House Republican proposal to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA), the House Democrats today will introduce their own version of a reauthorization bill.  The Democrats’ package, the Aim Higher Act, will serve as their messaging document moving forward.  It is not expected to move through the legislative process. A number of documents related to…


July 12, 2018

Labor-HHS Spending Bill Clears House Committee

After an all-day markup, the FY2019 House Labor-HHS-Education bill was cleared by the Appropriations Committee last night. The committee’s adoption of the bill means that 11 of the 12 spending bills have cleared the House Appropriations Committee; the Senate committee has cleared all of its bills. The 13-hour markup was contentious at times, with heated…


June 28, 2018

Appropriations Process Continues to Move Forward

The FY2019 appropriations process continued to move forward today. The House agreed to its version of the Defense spending bill by a vote of 359 to 49.  The detailed report for the bill is available here. In the Senate, the full Appropriations Committee adopted its version of the Labor-HHS-Education and Defense spending bills.  While most of…


June 26, 2018

Senate Bill Calls for Bigger NIH Increase

The Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee reported out this morning its FY2019 bill. While most of the legislation’s details are not yet available, Chairman Roy Blunt (R-MO) highlighted during his remarks the $2-billion increase in the bill slated for NIH.  He also called out the proposed Pell Grant maximum of $6,195 and the continuation of the…


Progress and Delay on Labor-HHS-Education Bill

The House Appropriations Committee was scheduled to take up today its FY2019 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Bill.  The legislation funds, among other agencies and programs, those that support biomedical research and student financial aid, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Pell Grants.  The committee markup, however, has been postponed until after the July Fourth…


June 18, 2018

ED Delays Gainful Employment Regulations Again

In a notice posted  yesterday, the Education Department announcement that it will delay again by a year the implementation of “gainful employment” (GE) regulations.  Last July, the department decided to delay the implementation of the GE regulations until this July 1.  This notice pushes back the regulations until July 1, 2019. Read more about the background…


June 14, 2018

Congress Continues to March Through Appropriations

Both chambers of Congress continue their march through the FY2019 appropriations process. The Senate Appropriations Committee took up and cleared its Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS), Interior, and Legislative Branch bills earlier today, meaning that the committee has cleared seven of the 12 spending bills.  Some of the initial details about the CJS and Interior bills were posted yesterday….



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