Federal Advocacy & Weekly Policy Update

The big news of the week is that Congress has passed a Continuing Resolution to keep the government open until December 20 and the President has signed it. Negotiations for a permanent deal will continue after the recess.

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no weekly update next week.

Congressional Update

House and Senate Leaders Pass Temporary Funding Deal

This week, the House (231-192) and Senate (74-20) passed HR 3055 to avoid a government shutdown and extend funding at current levels until December 20.  President Trump signed the measure last night. Though the funding has been temporarily extended until December 20, there is no guarantee that congressional leaders will be able to overcome the policy and political hurdles that have impeded the process all year, which could mean that federal programs will continue operating at FY19 levels well into 2020.

House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Holds Hearing Regarding FCC

The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee is expected to hold a hearing with the full Federal Communications Commission including FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on December 5.  This will be the second time the Chairman has provided testimony to this committee.  We expect the hearing to include discussions on the recently released report from the Government Accountability Office which made recommendations on how the FCC can better police fraud in its broadband subsidies program.

Notable K-12 Bills

  • H.R.5206To amend the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act to establish a fund to provide support services for individuals participating in certain training activities under such Act. Sponsor:Rep. Smith, Adam [D-WA-9]
  • H.R.5204To direct the Secretary of Education to study student mental health at institutions of higher education and to issue guidance on compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act for mental health and substance use disorder policies of institutions of higher education, and for other purposes. Sponsor:Rep. Porter, Katie [D-CA-45]
  • H.R.5171To permanently authorize the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity. Sponsor:Rep. Dean, Madeleine [D-PA-4]
  • H.R.5148To improve program integrity through State evaluation of institutions of higher education, requirements for student complaint submissions, and the establishment of policies and procedures to address closure of institutions of higher education, and for other purposes. Sponsor:Rep. Levin, Mike [D-CA-49]
  • S.2899A bill to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to support apprenticeship programs.Sponsor:Sen. Bennet, Michael F. [D-CO]
  • S.2887A bill to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to address and take action to combat rural teacher shortages across the United States. Sponsor:Sen. Jones, Doug [D-AL]
  • S.2857A bill to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to count military and veterans’ education benefits as Federal educational assistance, and for other purposes. Sponsor:Sen. Carper, Thomas R. [D-DE]





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