Below is an abridged version of RAMC’s weekly Washington Wrap Up. Find out more about Wrap Up and other RAMC resources here.

October 19, 2021

The U.S. Congress passed, and the President signed into law, a short-term extension of the Federal debt limit.

U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona appointed five new members to the National Assessment Governing Board.

U.S. President Joe Biden signed an Executive Order on “Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Native Americans and Strengthening Tribal Colleges and Universities.”

Education News Headlines
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U.S. Senators Tee Up Big Boost in School Funding for Next Year [Education Week]

Democrats feel high anxiety in Biden spending conflict [The Hill]

Biden quietly deciding how to restart student loan payments [POLITICO]

What’s a College Degree Worth? [The Chronicle of Higher Education]

University of North Carolina Can Keep Affirmative Action, Judge Rules [The New York Times]

Alumni Organize to Protect Free Speech [Inside Higher Ed]

Class of COVID: 2021’s Graduates Are Struggling More and Feeling the Stress [Education Week]

Committee News and Schedule, Schedule for House and Senate Floor:
Speaker of the House
Press Release: Pelosi Statement on Passing of Former Congressman Dale Kildee

House Majority Leader
Press Release: Hoyer Statement on the Passing of Former Rep. Dale Kildee

House Minority Leader
Press Release: “High Class” Problems

Senate Majority Leader
Press Release: Schumer Statement on Planned November Reopening of Northern Border

House Committee on Education and Labor
Press Release: Chairman Scott Celebrates Tabatha Rosproy, Juliana Urtubey as 2020 and 2021 National Teachers of the Year

Blog: Biden’s Supply Chain Crisis Hits Hungry Students

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
Press Release: Murray, Smith Applaud Biden Administration Step to Support Sustainable Investing

House Committee on Appropriations
October 26: Subcommittee Hearing: “Workforce Development and the Department of Defense”
Witnesses: To be announced
2:00 p.m. on Youtube

House Committee on Energy and Commerce
October 20: Subcommittee Hearing: “Enhancing Public Health: Legislation to Protect Children and Families”
Witnesses: Bruce L. Cassis, D.D.S., M.A.G.D., President, Academy of General Dentistry; Raymond DuBois, M.D., Ph.D., Former President, American Association for Cancer Research; Donald M. Lloyd-Jones, M.D.,Sc.M., President, American Heart Association; Ellyn Miller, President and Founder, Smashing Walnuts Foundation; Rick Nolan, Former U.S. Representative (MN); Jenny Radesky, M.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Michigan Medical School; Stacey Stewart, President and CEO, March of Dimes.
10:30 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building and via Cisco WebEx

House Committee on the Judiciary
October 20: Subcommittee Hearing: Oversight of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990: The Current State of Integration of People with Disabilities
Witnesses: To be announced
10:00 a.m. in 2141 Rayburn House Office Building and via Youtube

Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
Press Release: Following Two Weeks of Hearings, Sen. Cantwell Calls on Facebook to Preserve Data, Documents Related to Testimony the Company Misled Public, Put Profits over Safety of Users

Senate Committee on Finance
Press Release: Wyden Statement on Social Security Cost of Living Adjustment

U.S. Department of Education and the Administration:
White House Press Release: Fact Sheet: Improving Access and Care for Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Conditions

ED Press Release: U.S. Department of Education Releases New Resource on Supporting Child and Student Social, Emotional, Behavioral and Mental Health during COVID-19 Era

DOL Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor Announces Resumption of Job Corps’ New Student Enrollment For In-Person Instruction, Training

IES Report: Schools’ Experience with Georgia’s District and School Flexibility Policy

NCER Blog: Disrupting the Status Quo to Support Latino Students from Immigrant Families

IES Blog: Effective Advising for Postsecondary Students

GAO Blog: Addressing Food Insecurity in America, Before and During the Pandemic

Legislative Movement in Congress Last Week:
H.R.5581 — Arts Education for All Act
Sponsor: Rep. Bonamici, Suzanne [D-OR-1] (Introduced 10/15/2021) Cosponsors: (16)
Committees: House – Education and Labor
Latest Action: House – 10/15/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor.
Press Release: Bonamici, Pingree, Leger Fernández Launch Arts Education for All Act

H.R.5582 — To require reporting of bullying to appropriate authorities and assist with equal protection claims against entities who fail to respond appropriately to bullying, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Cartwright, Matt [D-PA-8] (Introduced 10/15/2021) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House – Education and Labor
Latest Action: House – 10/15/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor.

H.R.5591 — Student Food Security Act of 2021
Sponsor: Rep. Hayes, Jahana [D-CT-5] (Introduced 10/15/2021) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Agriculture
Latest Action: House – 10/15/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture

H.R.5593 — Cybersecurity Opportunity Act
Sponsor: Rep. Johnson, Henry C. “Hank,” Jr. [D-GA-4] (Introduced 10/15/2021) Cosponsors: (40)
Committees: House – Education and Labor; Homeland Security
Latest Action: House – 10/15/2021 Referred to the Committee on Education and Labor, and in addition to the Committee on Homeland Security, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

Federal Education Training and Grant Opportunities, Notices:
ED Comment Request: Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA): Interest Rate Limitation Request.Comments due on or before November 17, 2021.

BIA Comment Request: Student Transportation Form. Comments due on or before December 17, 2021.

HHS Comment Request: Child Care and Development Fund Plan for Tribes for FY 2023-2025. Comments due on or before December 15, 2021.