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

August 2, 2022

Education News Headlines
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The U.S. government underestimated the cost of the student loan program by billions [NPR]

Will the student loan payment pause be extended again? Here’s what we know [The Hill]

Report: HBCUs Need More Federal Funding [Inside Higher Ed]
UNCF Report: Greater Funding, Greater Needs: A Report on Funding for HBCUs

Bill targeting income-share agreements reintroduced [Inside Higher Ed]

Americans’ views on going to college is declining [NPR]

Understanding the College Enrollment Drop [Inside Higher Ed]

Committee News and Schedule, Schedule for House and Senate Floor:
Speaker of the House
Press Release: Transcript of Pelosi Floor Speech on the CHIPS and Science Act

House Majority Leader
Press Release: House Democrats Advance Legislation to Ensure Businesses and Workers can Make it in America; Vote to Ban Assault Weapons

House Education and Labor Committee
Press Release: Chairman Scott Statement on Cost of Student Loan Program

Senate HELP Committee
Press Release: Senator Murray Statement on Inflation Reduction Act

Senate Appropriations Committee
Press Release: Leahy, Murray, Coons Introduce $21 Billion Emergency Supplemental To Address The Ongoing COVID Crisis And Other Emerging Diseases

Senate Budget Committee
Press Release: Graham to CBO: Given Current State of Economy, Evaluate Damage Dems’ Updated Reckless Tax and Spend Bill Could Cause

House Committee on Science, Space and Technology
Press Release: Chairwoman Johnson Celebrates Passage of the CHIPS and Science Act

Committee on Small Business
Press Release: Ranking Member Luetkemeyer Issues Statement on Biden’s Economic Recession

House Ways and Means Committee
Press Release: Neal Statement on Passage of H.R. 4346, CHIPS and Science Act

U.S. Department of Education and the Administration:
White House Press Release: White House Releases Fact Sheets Highlighting President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s Historic Progress Nationwide

Legislative Movement in Congress Last Week:
H.R.8602 — To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to establish fair and consistent eligibility requirements for graduate medical schools operating outside the United States and Canada.
Sponsor: Rep. Burgess, Michael C. [R-TX-26] (Introduced 07/29/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Education and Labor
Latest Action: House – 7/29/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor. (All Actions)

S.4658 — A bill to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to support apprenticeship programs.
Sponsor: Sen. Bennet, Michael F. [D-CO] (Introduced 07/28/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 07/28/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

H.R.8496 — To prohibit the Secretary of Education, the Secretary of the Treasury, and the Attorney General from cancelling student loans except as specifically authorized by law.
Sponsor: Rep. Grothman, Glenn [R-WI-6] (Introduced 07/26/2022)
Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Education and Labor; Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 07/26/2022 Referred to the Committee on Education and Labor, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 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.

Federal Education Training and Grant Opportunities, Notices:
ED Grant Notice: Basic Needs for Postsecondary Students Program. Applications due on or before October 3, 2022. 

ED Proposed Rule: Institutional Eligibility, Student Assistance General Provisions, and Federal Pell Grant Program. Comments are due on or before August 26, 2022.

ED Comment Request: Third Party Servicer Data Collection. Comments due on or before August 29, 2022.