Friday, May 7, 2010

Keep Our Educators Working Act Builds Momentum

S. 3206, the “Keep Our Educators Working Act of 2010” bill introduced by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), now has 26 cosponsors. The bill continues to gather co-sponsors, and it appears that the bill will be coming to the Senate floor soon. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), who supports the bill, has indicated that the bill will be brought up for consideration and may come up before the Senate recesses for the Memorial Day work period. To view the bill, visit:

In other Congressional news, House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey (D-WI) has announced that he will not be running for re-election this fall. Chairman Obey has been a longtime champion of education programs, most specifically the Pell Grant program. In recent years, Chairman Obey has been strong proponent of increasing the Pell Grant maximum and succeeded in increasing the maximum from $4,050 in 2006-7 to $5,550 for 2010-11. If the House remains in Democratic control, Rep. Norm Dicks (D-WA) will have seniority on the committee and is expected to succeed Chairman Obey.

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee held a hearing yesterday and approved the nomination of Eduardo M. Ochoa to be the Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education at the Department of Education. Currently, Ochoa is Provost and Vice President at Sonoma State University in California. The full Senate still needs to consider the nomination.

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