PENN HILL GROUP’S WRAP UP – DECEMBER 9, 2019

HOUSE and SENATE The Senate passed, by unanimous consent, an amended version of the FUTURE Act that would permanently extend mandatory funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) and require the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to automatically share tax information with the U.S. Department of Education (ED) for the […]

PENN HILL GROUP’S WRAP UP – NOVEMBER 12, 2019

HOUSE and SENATE This week, Senators sought to advance, by unanimous consent, two proposals to extend mandatory funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) under the Higher Education Act (HEA), the FUTURE Act (H.R.2486) and the Student Aid Improvement Act (S.2557). Both requests were objected to and therefore did […]

PENN HILL GROUP’S WRAP UP – NOVEMBER 4, 2019

HOUSE and SENATE The Senate, in a 51-41 vote, failed to pass an initial vote to start debate on a second fiscal year (FY) 2020 spending package.The four-bill package, H.R. 2740 (116), includes the Defense, Labor-HHS-Education, State Foreign-Operations and Energy-Water spending measures for FY 2020. The House Education and Labor Committee held a markup on the College Affordability Act (H.R.4674), the […]

PENN HILL GROUP’S WRAP UP – OCTOBER 28, 2019

HOUSE and SENATE Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) introduced the FAFSA Simplification Act. House Education and Labor Committee Chair Bobby Scott (D-VA) sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) threatening to subpoena documents related to its handling of the closure […]

PENN HILL GROUP’S WRAP UP – OCTOBER 21, 2019

HOUSE and SENATE The House Education and Labor Committee Democrats introduced the College Affordability Act, their proposed comprehensive reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA). The bill text can be found here, and the Democrats’ summary materials of the bill can be found here. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) passed away this week following complications concerning […]