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


At a hearing of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Subcommittee, Senator Warren released data she had received from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) that estimated the number of borrowers that would have their loans completely paid off if each borrower were provided $50,000 in student loan relief.

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held its nomination hearing for James Kvaal to serve as Under Secretary of the ED.

The Senate HELP Committee also announced that it would vote on the Kvaal nomination, the nomination of Cindy Marten to serve as Deputy Education Secretary and the nomination of Julie Su to serve as Deputy Secretary of Labor on Wednesday, April 21.


The Biden Administration announced several nominations for positions in the U.S. Department of Labor.

ED announced new appointments for several offices within the agency.

The Biden Administration announced it will be releasing $39 billion in child care funding approved as part of the in American Rescue Plan Act passed by Congress.


Penn Hill Group plans to provide clients with a summary of the following events next week:

April 20: House Education and Labor Hearing on “For-Profit College Conversions: Examining Ways to Improve Accountability and Prevent Fraud”

April 20: Senate HELP Committee Hearing on “COVID-19 Recovery: Supporting Workers and Modernizing the Workforce Through Quality Education, Training, and Employment Opportunities”

April 20: House Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing on “Building Capacity, Building Community: Increasing Investments in Community Colleges”

April 20: Senate Appropriations Committee hearing “To examine the American Jobs Plan, focusing on infrastructure, climate change, and investing in our nation’s future.”

April 22:House Education and Labor Members Day Hearing 


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