Thursday, August 5, 2010

Senate Passes Ed Jobs Bill

Today, the Senate passed H.R. 1586, with the Murray-Harkin (Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Tom Harkin (D-IA)) amendment, by a 61-38 vote. The amendment revised the FAA bill, and the Murray-Harkin amendment now replaces the bill. The amendment provides $10 billion for education jobs and $16.1 billion for federal Medicaid payments. The amendment differs from the other versions, because the funding included is fully offset with rescissions. The funding for education jobs is allocated solely for K-12, but states provide assurances on funding for K-12 and higher education. With Senate passage, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced that the House will be called into session next week, and the House will vote on H.R. 1586 on Tuesday. A state funding allocation table can be viewed here:

Earlier this week, AACC and ACCT sent a letter to the Department of Education in response to the Department’s Notice for Public Rulemaking Making (NPRM). The rulemaking process covers a number of areas (including efforts to limit fraud and abuse in for-profit institutions), and it is being utilized to ensure integrity of federal funds within the financial aid system. Additionally, ACCT joined ACE and other higher education organizations in a broad community letter on the NPRM. The letters can be viewed here:

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