Penn Hill Group’s Washington Wrap Up: July 7, 2014

A quick look at the news from last week:

SENATE and HOUSE

The House and Senate were in recess last week.

The House is scheduled to take up H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, on Wednesday, July 9. The bill, which is a bipartisan compromise between House and Senate leaders on two pieces of legislation to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act, passed the Senate on June 26 by a vote of 95-3.

ADMINISTRATION

Inside Higher Ed is reporting that Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell said the U.S. Department of Education plans to release a draft version of the college ratings system this fall.

The U.S. Department of Education released a notice on interest rates on federal student loans for the next award period beginning July 1, 2014. In general, interest rates on the various student loan programs rise by 0.8 percent.

The U.S. Department of Education released its lists of the most and least expensive colleges in the United States as part of its College Affordability and Transparency Center.

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Penn Hill Group’s Washington Wrap Up: June 30, 2014

A quick look at the news from last week:

SENATE

The Senate passed H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act by a vote of 95-3 on Thursday, with Senators Coburn (R-OK), Johnson (R-WI) and Lee (R-UT) voting against it. The bill represents a bipartisan compromise between House and Senate leaders on two pieces of legislation to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act that were passed by the full House and the Senate HELP Committee earlier this Congress. There were three amendments offered during Senate floor consideration: a Sen. Flake (R-AZ) amendment on the makeup of local workforce boards which was defeated by a vote of 33-63, a Sen. Lee (R-UT) amendment relating to evaluation report requirements which was defeated by a vote of 40-58, and a manager’s technical amendment offered by Sen. Harkin (D-IA) which was agreed to by a voice vote. The bill now goes to the House of Representatives, where it is expected to be considered as early as the week of July 7.

Senate education committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) released a draft proposal for reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.  The “The Higher Education Affordability Act” touches upon most areas of the Higher Education Act. Chairman Harkin has asked for feedback on the bill from interested stakeholders and submissions should be sent to HEAA2014@help.senate.gov by August 29, 2014.

Robert Gordon’s nomination to be Assistant Secretary for the Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Education was approved by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on June 25. His nomination will now go to the Senate floor.

The Senate will be in recess this week.

HOUSE 

House Education and Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) and higher education subcommittee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) released a white paper outlining principles for strengthening the higher education system. Chairman Kline stated his intention of releasing a series of bills that address the principles in the white paper, and the first three of these bills were introduced on Thursday:

Simplifying the Application for Student Aid Act (introduced by Reps. Larry Bucshon (R-IN), Mike Kelly (R-PA), John Tierney (D-MA), Tim Bishop (D-NY), Jared Polis (D-CO), and Ed Royce (R-CA))

Strengthening Transparency in Higher Education Act (introduced by Reps. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Luke Messer (R-IN))

Empowering Students through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act (introduced by Reps. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Richard Hudson (R-NC))

The House Education and the Workforce Committee made several subcommittee assignments: Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL) to the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions and the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, and Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) to the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions.

The House will be in recess this week.

ADMINISTRATION

Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell stated that the U.S. Department of Education will “pause” their efforts to develop a regulation requiring state authorization for distance education programs in each state in which they operate. The issue was recently part of a Negotiated Rulemaking session during which the Negotiated Rulemaking Committee failed to come to a consensus on the issue. The Department would have had to issue a final regulation by November 1 of this year in order for the regulation to go into effect for the 2015 fall semester, but Mitchell said the regulation will not be issued by that date.

The U.S. Department of Education will also delay implementation of the state authorization regulation for programs that are physically located in states other than the main campus of an institution. The rule was scheduled to go into effect on July 1 of this year, but the Department delayed it a year to July 1, 2015. This is the second delay in implementation of this regulation.

The U.S. Department of Education announced a new “Results-Driven Accountability” system for their monitoring of state special education programs. The system, which adds academic-related factors to the compliance monitoring historically used by the Department with states, will be in effect for this coming school year.

The U.S. Department of Education released a Notice of Proposed Priorities and Definitions for Discretionary Grant Programs. The purpose of the proposal is to provide the Department with a menu of priorities that it can use for individual grant competitions without having to take public comment on them each time. Comments on the NPP are due by July 24, 2014.

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Penn Hill Group’s Washington Wrap Up: June 23, 2014

A quick look at the news from last week:
HOUSE 

Current House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) lost his Republican primary race in Virginia  and announced that he will step down from the Majority Leader position at the end of July. In a vote on Thursday, Republicans chose current Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), to replace Cantor. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) was chosen as the new Majority Whip.

The House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, and the Subcommittee on Homeland Security will hold a joint hearing on Wednesday, June 25 entitled “How Data Mining Threatens Student Privacy.”

The House Subcommittee on Natural Resources will hold an oversight hearing on Tuesday, June 24 on “American Energy Jobs: Opportunities for Education.”

SENATE

The Senate agreed to a unanimous consent agreement on Thursday to consider H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act on the Senate floor as early as this week. The agreement allows three amendments to be considered: a Flake amendment around local boards, a Lee amendment relating to evaluation report requirements, and a manager’s technical amendment. The bill represents an agreement reached several weeks ago by Senate and House committee leaders to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act.

Senate education committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) is expected to release a bill as early as this week that encompasses multiple higher education policy proposals.

Senate education committee Ranking Member Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and fellow committee member Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) released a bill, the “Financial Aid Simplification and Transparency Act” or FAST Act, that seeks to simplify the federal student aid process. Specifically, the bill eliminates the Free Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) and replaces it with two questions to determine eligibility, allows for year-round Pell Grants, and increases communications to borrowers on what to expect during repayment of their loans.

The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs will hold a hearing on Tuesday, June 24 on “Dreams Deferred: Young Workers and Recent Graduates in the U.S. Economy.”

The Senate Committee on Finance will hold a hearing on Tuesday, June 24 on “Less Student Debt from the Start: What Role Should the Tax System Play?”

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions will hold a hearing on Thursday, June 26 titled “Sexual Assault on Campus: Working to Ensure Student Safety.”

BUDGET

The Senate attempted to bring a “minibus” of appropriations bills to the Senate floor last week, including the FY 2015 Commerce, Justice Science bill, the Agriculture bill and the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development bill. The Senate was unable to reach agreement to take up the three bills as one package with an amendment process, and the process was put aside for the time being. 

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Penn Hill Group’s Washington Wrap Up: June 2, 2014

A quick look at the news from last week (May 26-30):

HOUSE 

The House Science Committee finished marking up, and passed by a vote of 20 to 16, the “Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science, and Technology Act of 2014” (the FIRST Act, H.R. 4186). The committee began marking up the bill on May 20. The bill reauthorizes some of the federal scientific research programs, including the programs administered by the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, in the America COMPETES Act. A summary of the amendments introduced during the markup can be found here.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) has indicated that he will seek to include language in the Labor, House and Human Services and Education Appropriations bill to prohibit the use of funds to develop, implement or administer a “postsecondary institution ratings system” such as the one proposed by the Obama Administration.

Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education, introduced a bill that would increase school choice options for children of military parents, students with disabilities, and students in Washington, D.C. (through the DC Opportunity Scholarship program). The bill is titled the CHOICE Act (Creating Hope and Opportunities for Individuals and Communities through Education).

SENATE

The Senate is scheduled to begin consideration of the nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to be Secretary of Health and Human Services this week.

BUDGET

The House of Representatives passed its FY2015 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill by a vote of 321-87.

The Senate Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations will markup their FY2015 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill on June 3. The full Committee will markup the CJS bill, along with the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development bill on June 5.

The Senate Committee on the Budget will hold a hearing on June 4 on “The Impact of Student Loan Debt on Borrowers and the Economy.”

ADMINISTRATION

John Easton, the Director of the Institute for Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education, will leave IES this fall to take a position at the Spencer Foundation.

At the White House Science Fair this week, President Obama announced new initiatives around STEM education as part of his “Educate to Innovative” campaign. The initiative would include a $35 million grant program to train STEM teachers, expansion of the STEM AmeriCorps program, and a new STEM mentoring program.

President Obama has nominated Shaun Donovan to be the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Donovan is currently Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
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Penn Hill Group’s Washington Wrap Up: May 27

Here’s a quick look at the news from last week (May 19 – 23):

HOUSE and SENATE

Leadership of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) and the House Education and the Workforce Committee announced a bipartisan deal on a reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act, after resolving differences between the SKILLS Act which passed the House in 2013, and the Workforce Investment Act of 2013 which passed the Senate HELP Committee in 2013. The bill (the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) will go through the Senate first, which could happen as early as the second week in June.

The House Science Committee began marking up the “Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science, and Technology Act of 2014” (the FIRST Act) on Thursday. The bill seeks to reauthorize the America COMPETES Act. Amendments were debated, but roll call votes on the amendments and final passage were postponed. A date has not yet been announced for a continuation of the markup. A summary of the amendments introduced during the markup can be found here.

A bipartisan group of members on the House Appropriations Committee sent a letter to committee leadership asking them to include language in the FY 2015 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations bill to prohibit the U.S. Department of Education from enforcing their gainful employment regulation. The Department has issued a draft proposal for the regulation that is currently open for public comment.

The Senate is in recess this week. The House will be in session from Wednesday – Friday, May 28-30.

BUDGET

The Senate Appropriations Committee released its approved  302(b) allocations for FY 2015. The allocation for the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee is $156.773 billion, which is level funded compared to the final FY 2014 funding level. The Senate allocation is $1.08 billion more than the House allocation of $155.693 billion.

ADMINISTRATION

U.S. Department of Education Deputy Under Secretary Jamienne Studley announced in a blog post that the Department has delayed the timeline for the Administration’s proposed college rating system. The Department had originally stated that they expected to publish a draft plan this spring, but Studley said they will now release a proposal this fall and a final version before the 2015-16 school year.

The U.S. Department of Education concluded its negotiated rulemaking process on Program Integrity issues this week with a fourth and final session. Negotiators were unable to reach consensus on the complete package of issues being discussed. Issues that were part of the negotiated rulemaking included the definition of adverse credit under the PLUS loan program, state authorization for distance education, and cash management. Because the negotiators were unable to reach an agreement, the Department can now issue their own proposed rules on these issues, irrespective of decisions make during the negotiated rulemaking session.

GRANT OPPORTUNITIES

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Penn Hill Group’s Washington Wrap Up: May 19

Here’s a quick look at the news from last week (May 12 – May 16):

HOUSE and SENATE

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee approved the Strong Start for America’s Children Act, by a partisan vote of 12-10. The bill is Chairman Tom Harkin’s (D-IA) version of the President’s proposed state Pre-K proposal.

Senators Ed Markey (D-MA) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) released a legislative discussion draft of the “Protecting Student Privacy Act of 2014,” that amends the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The draft addresses the use of personally identifiable student information for advertising and marketing, adds new access and complaint procedures for parents regarding services provided to schools by third parties, and requires security measures for education records held by third parties to be as stringent as a school district or state would employ.

The Senate HELP Committee will hold a hearing on Thursday, May 22 on “Examining Access and Supports for Servicemembers and Veterans in Higher Education.”

ADMINISTRATION

The U.S. Department of Education announced the start of the First in the World competition. There is $75 million available for institutions of higher education (including $20 million for minority-serving institutions) to fund the development and testing of strategies to improve college attainment and affordability.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced that it has reached a $60 million settlement with Sallie Mae in a lawsuit that alleges that Sallie Mae charged servicemembers excessive rates on student loans in violation of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.

The U.S. Department of Education released guidance that states that charter schools must follow the same federal civil rights laws that apply to all other public schools, including provisions related to discrimination in admissions and the administration of discipline, serving students with disabilities and providing support to English learners.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted last week to take up the FCC Chairman’s “net neutrality” proposal by a vote of 3-2. The proposal would, among other things, allow Internet providers to charge websites for faster service. The proposal is available for public comment for four months.

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Penn Hill Group’s Washington Wrap Up: May 12

Here’s a quick look at the news from last week (May 5– May 9):

HOUSE

The House of Representatives passed H.R. 4366, the Strengthening Education through Research Act, a bill to reauthorize the Education Sciences Reform Act (ESRA) by a voice vote.

The House of Representatives passed H.R. 10, the Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act by a vote of 360-45.

SENATE

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Ted Mitchell as Under Secretary of Education at the U.S. Department of Education.

A bipartisan group of Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) members – Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) – introduced the Expanding Opportunity Through Quality Charter Schools Act, which would make changes to the federal Charter Schools Program. The bill is similar to H.R. 10, which passed the House this week.

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) will hold a hearing on Tuesday, May 13 on “Strengthening Minority Serving Institutions: Best Practices and Innovations for Student Success.”

The Senate HELP Committee will mark up S. ___, the Strong Start for America’s Children Act, during an Executive Session on Wednesday, May 14. This is Chairman Tom Harkin’s (D-IA) version of the President’s proposed state Pre-K proposal.

BUDGET

The House Appropriations Committee released its committee report on 302(b) allocations for FY 2015. The allocation for the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee is $155.693 billion, which is 0.7 percent less than the final FY 2014 allocation.

The House Appropriations Committee released its FY 2015 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill, which was marked up and approved by the subcommittee on Thursday.

The House Appropriations Committee marked up its FY 2015 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill (committee report), which passed by a voice vote.

ADMINISTRATION

The U.S. Department of Education told chief state school officers that it will put off review of the teacher and principal evaluation portions of state’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) waiver extension applications for states that are proposing substantive changes to their teacher evaluation system. Specifically the Department stated that it will make extension decisions based on the other elements of state’s waiver applications and review the teacher and principal evaluation sections separately.

The U.S. Department of Education released Executive Summaries for its new Preschool Development Grant competition and is seeking comment on the summaries. There are two competitions –a development grant competition for states with small or no state-funded preschool program, and an expansion grant competition for states that have more robust programs or that have been awarded a Race to the Top- Early Learning Challenge grant. Comments are due by May 16, 2014.

Education Secretary Duncan and Attorney General Holder released guidance for elementary and secondary schools to ensure that schools are enrolling all students regardless of their citizenship or immigration status.

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Penn Hill Group’s Washington Wrap Up: May 5

Here’s a quick look at the news from last week (April 28– May 2).

ADMINISTRATION

The National Center for Education Statistics released a report on public high school four-year, on-time graduation rates and dropout rates for school years 2010-11, and 2011-12. The report states that the four-year graduation rate rose slightly to 80 percent in 2011-12.

The U.S. Department of Labor announced a new Job-Driven National Emergency Grant program which will provide $150 million in funding to states to train unemployed workers.

The White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault issued its first report, which encourages colleges to conduct annual “climate surveys” to gauge the prevalence of sexual assaults and students’ knowledge of and attitudes on rape. The U.S. Department of Education also released policy guidance on Title IX and sexual violence, and a list of higher education institutions with open Title IX sexual violence investigations.

The White House released a report on data and privacy titled “Big Data: Seizing Opportunities, Preserving Values.” Among other findings and recommendations, the report highlighted the need to ensure that individual student data can be used for educational purposes, but that privacy of this data must be maintained and protected.

President Obama plans to nominate Robert Gordon to be the assistant secretary for planning, evaluation and policy development at the U.S. Department of Education. Gordon is currently at the Brookings Institution, and is also a former acting Deputy Director at the Office of Management and Budget. Gordon will replace Carmel Martin, who left the Department last year. Gabriella Gomez is currently the acting secretary in this position.

HOUSE

The House Committee on Rules announced that it may meet this week to grant a rule to bring H.R. 10, the Success and Opportunity Through Quality Charter Schools Act, to the House floor. Members must submit amendments by 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6.

Committee reports have been filed for H.R. 4366, the Strengthening Education through Research Act, and H.R. 10, the Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act. Both bills were marked up by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce in early April.

The House Education and the Workforce Committee will hold a hearing on Thursday, May 8 to discuss issues surrounding the potential unionizing of student athletes.

SENATE

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions will hold a hearing on Thursday, May 8 on the nomination of Secretary of Health and Human Services-Designate Sylvia Mathews Burwell.

BUDGET

The House of Representatives passed the FY 2015 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill last week by a vote of 416 to 1.

The House Appropriations Committee released its FY 2015 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations bill, which was marked up and approved by the CJS subcommittee on Thursday. The committee has not announced a date for full committee consideration.

The Senate Budget Committee will hold a hearing on Tuesday, May 6 on the President’s FY 2015 education budget request, with Education Secretary Arne Duncan testifying.

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education will hold a hearing on Wednesday, May 7 on the President’s FY 2015 budget request for the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Penn Hill Group’s Washington Wrap Up: April 21

Here’s a quick look at the news from last week (April 14 – April 18). 

ADMINISTRATION
The Department of Labor published the notice for the fourth and final round of the TAACCCT grant competition (Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grants). There is $450 million available for this round of the competition for job-training partnerships between community colleges and employers. Applications are due on July 7, 2014.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced her resignation. President Obama has nominated OMB Director Sylvia Matthews Burwell to replace her.

The Negotiated Rulemaking Committee on Program Integrity issues will hold their third session this week on April 23, 24 and 25. The Department of Education distributed new draft regulatory proposals to the panel members last week, several of which have been posted online: PLUS loan standardsTitle IV aid disbursement; and state authorization.

BUDGET
The Congressional Budget Office released their budget projections for 2014 – 2024, which include baseline projections for Pell Grants and student loan programs. The Pell Grant projections show that the program will not face a funding shortfall until 2017 (so long as the current level of discretionary spending for this program is maintained). The projected shortfall starting in 2017 is later than it has been projected in the past.  Under current spending levels, shortfalls are expected to continue to exist past 2017.

HOUSE and SENATE
The House and Senate are in recess this week and are scheduled to return to session on Monday, April 28.

Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI), the second-highest ranking majority member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, announced last week that he will not seek re-election this fall.

House Education and the Workforce Committee Senior Democrat George Miller (D-CA) announced new Democratic leaders for several subcommittees. Rep. John Tierney (D-MA) will be the ranking member of the Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee, and Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA) will be the new ranking member of the Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee.

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Penn Hill Group’s Washington Wrap Up: April 15

Here’s a quick look at the news from last week (April 7 – April 11).

 

BUDGET

The House of Representatives voted 219-205 to pass a Fiscal Year 2015 budget resolution, which was originally introduced by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI). Twelve Republicans and all Democrats voted against the budget resolution. The budget resolution proposes no change to the individual caps on defense and non-defense discretionary spending for FY 2015 that were adopted as part of the Murray/Ryan budget bill at the end of 2014. However, for FY 2016 through FY 2024, the budget resolution calls for a reduction in the Budget Control Act caps for non-defense discretionary spending by $791 billion. Overall discretionary spending would be reduced by $308 billion over the 10-year period. The report accompanying the budget resolution recommends cuts and streamlining of programs for job training, federal student aid, K-12 programs under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment of the Arts, the National Endowment of the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, although these recommendations would require separate Congressional action to become law. Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-WA) has publicly stated that the Senate will not consider a budget resolution this year.

ADMINISTRATION

Vice President Joe Biden announced last week that the Administration is forming a consortium of colleges, employers and unions to promote the use of apprenticeships for college credit. The Registered Apprenticeship-College Consortium will enable apprentices to earn college credit for their Registered Apprenticeship experience.

The U.S. Department of Education announced that there will be an additional fourth session of the Negotiated Rulemaking Committee on Program Integrity issues. The Committee has held two of the three sessions originally scheduled. The fourth session is for the purposes of further discussion on issues related to PLUS loans, and will take place on May 19 and 20.

The Obama Administration announced 24 winners of the first Youth CareerConnect grant competition. The 24 winners will split $107 million that will be spent on high school redesign.

HOUSE and SENATE

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce marked up and passed two bipartisan bills last week:
·         The “Strengthening Education through Research Act” (H.R. 4366), introduced by Rep. Rokita (R-IN) and Rep. McCarthy (D-NY),  would reauthorize the Education Sciences Reform Act (ESRA). The bill passed by a voice vote.

·         The “Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act” (H.R. 10), introduced by Rep. Kline (R-MN) and Rep. Miller (D-CA), makes changes to the federal Charter Schools Program. The bill passed by a vote of 36-3, with Reps. Grijalva (D-AZ), Bishop (D-NY) and Fudge (D-OH) casting the dissenting votes.

The House and Senate are in recess for the next two weeks and are scheduled to return to session on Monday, April 28.

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