Penn Hill Group’s Washington Wrap Up – February 23, 2015

A quick look at the news from last week, compiled by Penn Hill Group:


The House Rules Committee announced a process to consider amendments for when the House considers H.R. 5, the Student Success Act this week. The Rules Committee has established a deadline of 3 p.m. on Monday, February 23 for the submission of amendments. The bill, which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), passed the House Committee on Education and the Workforce on February 11.

The House Committee on Appropriations will hold a subcommittee hearing on February 25 on the budget for the Department of Health and Human Services. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell will testify.

The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology will hold a subcommittee hearing on February 26 on the budget for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). NSF Director France Cordova, National Science Board chairman Daniel Arvizu, and NIST Acting Director Willie E. May will testify.

The House was in recess last week.


The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee will hold a hearing on February 24 to discuss the findings of the task force on higher education de-regulation formed by Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and Sens. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Richard Burr (R-NC) and Michael Bennet (D-CO). William Kirwan, Chancellor of the University System of Maryland, and Nicholas Zeppos, Chancellor of Vanderbilt University, will testify at the hearing as the co-chairs of the task force

The Senate was in recess last week.


The Department of Education released proposed priorities for the next round of the First in the World Grant program. The First in the World program gives grants to support innovation toward college affordability and completion. The Department is seeking comments on the proposed priorities by March 25, 2015.

The Domestic Policy Council at the White House released a report entitled, “Investing in Our Future: Helping Teachers and Schools Prepare Our Children for College and Careers,” on H.R. 5, the ESEA reauthorization bill that passed the House education committee last week. It specifically addresses the funding levels in the bill, and the bill’s changes to Title I funding. House education committee Chairman John Kline’s (R-MN) response to the report is here.

President Obama also addressed issues around H.R. 5 and ESEA reauthorization in general in his weekly address.