RAMC WASHINGTON WRAP UP – November 2, 2021

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November 2, 2021

HOUSE and SENATEThe U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Rules released bill text for the Build Back Better Act.ADMINISTRATIONThe White House released a framework for the Build Back Better Act and released an additional document explaining the framework’s proposals.The U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced the recognition status of nine accrediting agencies.ED held two public hearings on potential regulatory changes to the 90-10 rule.

Education News Headlines
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White House ‘confident’ Manchin will back reconciliation framework [The Hill]

Not it: Democrats dodge blame for stalled agenda as McAuliffe teeters [POLITICO]

Bridging the Gap Between Low-Income Students and Top Colleges [Inside Higher Ed]

In return to campus, students with disabilities fear they’re being ‘left behind’ [The Washington Post]

Will that college degree pay off? Now you can finally see the numbers [The Hechinger Report]

Two-thirds of students lacking basic needs did not apply for emergency aid [Higher Ed Dive]
Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice Report: When Care Isn’t Enough: Scaling Emergency Aid During the Pandemic

The University of Florida bars professors from testifying in a voting rights case [NPR]

Committee News and Schedule, Schedule for House and Senate Floor:
Speaker of the House
Press Release: Pelosi Statement on 2022 Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment Period

Press Release: Pelosi Statement on the 12th Anniversary of Historic Hate Crimes Legislation

Senate Minority Leader
Press Release: Democrats’ Energy Agenda Puts Foreign Leaders’ Applause Ahead of American Families

House Minority Leader
Press Release: Congressman Bruce Westerman Delivers the Republican Address

Press Release: Leader McCarthy to Democrats: When Will You Wake Up?

House Committee on Education and Labor
November 3: Subcommittee Hearing: “A Call to Action: Modernizing the Community Services Block Grant”
Witnesses: Mr. David Bradley, Chief Executive Officer, National Community Action Foundation, Washington, DC; Sharon Scott-Chandler, J.D., Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Action for Boston Community Development, Inc., Natick, MA; Mr. Clarence H. Carter, Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Human Services, Nashville, TN; Ms. Katherine King Galian, Director of Family and Community Resources, Community Action, Hillsboro, OR
10:15 a.m. via Zoom

November 4: Subcommittee Hearing: “Closing the Courthouse Doors: The Injustice of Forced Arbitration Agreements”
Witnesses: To be announced
10:15 a.m. via Zoom

Press Release: ICYMI: Chairman Scott Op-Ed – “Finally, HBCUs’ time has come”

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
November 4: Full Committee Hearing: “Next Steps: The Road Ahead for the COVID-19 Response”
Witnesses: Rochelle Walensky, Director, United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Janet Woodcock, Acting Commissioner, United States Food and Drug Administration; Dawn O’Connell, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, United States Department of Health and Human Services
10:00 a.m. via Youtube

Press Release: Senator Murray Applauds Landmark Investments in Build Back Better Framework to Get Students and Workers the Training and Education They Need to Succeed

Press Release: Senate Confirms Doug Parker to Serve as Assistant Secretary of Occupational Safety and Health

Senate Budget Committee
Press Release: Graham: We Need to See True Cost for Democrats’ Reckless Taxing and Spending Bill

House Budget Committee
Press Release: Chairman Yarmuth’s Remarks Before House Rules Committee in Support of The Build Back Better Act

Press Release: Chairman Yarmuth’s Remarks Before House Rules Committee in Support of The Build Back Better Act

House Committee on Appropriations
Press Release: Chairwoman Lee Statement at United States Global COVID-19 Response: Actions Taken & Future Needs Hearing

Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation
Press Release: Wicker Urges President to Reconsider Plan Requiring Employees to be Vaccinated, Tested Weekly

U.S. Department of Education and the Administration:
White House Press Release: Statement by Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Build Back Better

White House Press Release: Press Briefing by White House COVID-⁠19 Response Team and Public Health Officials

White House Press Release: Statement by President Joe Biden on the 2022 Open Enrollment Period

White House Press Release: The Biden Administration Continues Its Work to Expand Access to Justice

White House Press Release: Statement by Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Build Back Better Framework and Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal

White House Press Release: Remarks by President Biden Announcing the Framework for His Build Back Better Agenda and Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

White House Press Release: Build Back Better Framework

White House Press Release: Remarks by President Biden on Build Back Better and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal

White House Press Release: Press Gaggle by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre En Route Newark, NJ

ED Media Advisory: Secretary Cardona Joins Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont and U.S. Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal for Visit to Middlesex Community College to Discuss Importance of Workforce Development Programs

Legislative Movement in Congress Last Week:
H.R.5808 — To amend title II of the Social Security Act to make available parental leave benefits to parents following the birth or adoption of a child, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Wagner, Ann [R-MO-2] (Introduced 11/01/2021) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 11/01/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.Res.758 — Expressing support for designating November 2021 as “National Career Development Month”.
Sponsor: Rep. Langevin, James R. [D-RI-2] (Introduced 11/01/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Education and Labor
Latest Action: House – 11/01/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor.
Press Release: Langevin, Thompson Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Recognizing National Career Development Month

H.Res.761 — Expressing support for the designation of the week of November 1 through November 5, 2021, as “National Family Service Learning Week”.
Sponsor: Rep. Yarmuth, John A. [D-KY-3] (Introduced 11/01/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Education and Labor
Latest Action: House – 11/01/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor.

Federal Education Training and Grant Opportunities, Notices:
ED Meeting Notice: National Assessment Governing Board Meeting. The Standing Committee meetings will be held November 4, 10, 12, 15, 16, and 18. The Quarterly Board meeting will be held November 18-19th.  Online registration for virtual access to the open sessions of the Governing Board and committee meetings will also be posted at www.nagb.gov five working days prior to each meeting.

ED Applications for New Awards: Centers for International Business Education Program. Deadline for transmittal of applications on or before December 16, 2021. Deadline for intergovernmental review on or before February 14, 2022.

HHS Comment Request: FFY 2021 Quality Progress Report. Comments are due on or before Monday, November 29, 2021.