A quick look back at the news from last week. Compiled by Penn Hill Group.


Democratic Congressional leaders Speaker Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Schumer reached an impasse on negotiations for the next COVID-19 relief package with U.S. Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows last week. Currently there is no reported timeline on when negotiations may restart.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) announced the full House would not have House floor votes until September 14, citing public health concerns due to COVID-19.

House Education and Labor Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA) submitted a letter to the Department of Education’s (ED) Acting Inspector General, Sandra Bruce, to request an investigation into the agency’s work with the Dream Center, an organization which took over several for-profit college chains.


President Trump signed several executive orders on Saturday, including an executive order instructing ED to continue the period of “no interest, no payments” for Federal student loans through the end of the year.

The latest legal actions to postpone implementation of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ Title IX rule did not result in a delay of its effective date. The rule went into effect today.

The White House released updated guidelines for schools to reopen safely.

The U.S. Department of State issued a statement requiring the Confucius Institute to register as a “foreign mission” of the Chinese government.

The U.S. Justice Department notified Yale University that it has found its undergraduate admissions process in violation of Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act for discriminating against Asian American and white applicants.


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