This Week In Washington
UPDATE 1/25/2019 at 3:00pm: Congressional leaders and President Trump announced today they have agreed to a three-week continuing resolution (CR). Once passed in both chambers and the President signs it, the federal government will reopen. However, because of the length of the shutdown, some government services may be delayed as the various agencies return to full operation. As noted, the Department of Education was funded last year so it has been minimally affected by this shutdown. However, if no deal is reached in three weeks, the Legislative and Executive branches may be back to where they are today. We will keep you abreast of any new developments and how this may affect future education policy.
We are at day 34 of the partial government shutdown with no apparent end in sight. Recall that the shutdown will not likely impact education priorities because the U.S. Department of Education was included in the fiscal year 2019 funding bill that was signed into law last year. However, as the shutdown drags on, we have learned that the budget and appropriations process for fiscal year 2020 is being delayed. Additionally, even as committees begin their work, no other issues, including trying to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, has the potential to advance until the shutdown ends.
Thus, now would be a great time to connect with your member of Congress to build a relationship so that your voice is heard when lawmakers begin reauthorization in earnest. We have plenty of tools to help you do that. Read more on how to get involved!
A new POLITICO visualization of a recent Federal Reserve study examined the migration patterns of recent college graduates in repayment and found that far more graduates from rural communities with high student debt had moved to large cities than rural graduates with low levels of student debt—who overwhelmingly remained in rural areas.
The following bill(s) have been recently introduced for consideration by the 116th Congress (2019-2020):
H.R. 625 – [Rep. Robert Wittman (R-VA)] would “expand eligibility for participation in the Federal Pell Grant program to certain trade schools.”
S.155 – [Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) et. al.] would “improve the financial literacy of secondary school students.”