A quick look back at the news from last week. Compiled by Penn Hill Group.
HOUSE and SENATE
The House is expected to bring its Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (LHHS) appropriations bill to the floor next week along with six other funding measures as part of a $1.367 trillion “minibus.”
The House passed its FY2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the annual bill that authorizes U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) funding and programs. During floor consideration, the House adopted several education-related amendments, including: an amendment to suspend the collection of private student loan payments, including involuntary collections, until October 2021; an amendment that would allow for private student loan borrowers to write off up to $10,000 in debt; an amendment that would prohibit DOD from providing any of its student aid to for-profit institutions of higher education that derive less than 10 percent of their revenue from non-Federal funds; and an amendment that would allow international postsecondary students taking classes online to remain in the United States.
Senator Alexander announced that provisions from his recently introduced legislation to reduce student loan repayment options for new borrowers to a 10-year standard plan and an income-driven plan would be included in the Senate GOP COVID-19 relief legislation.
The Trump Administration was ordered by a Federal District Court judge to accept new applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program last week.
The Centers for Disease Control issued an updated statement on the importance of reopening schools.
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