Action Reports

December 11, 2020

From Your Lobbyist: Covid-19 Relief, Loan Freeze Extension, and Bankruptcy Reform

Week of Dec 7-11 Federal Funding & COVID-19 Relief Package: Congressional leaders are currently ironing out a final fiscal year 21 spending package which contains funding for all federal programs, including higher education. The funding deadline is December 11th at midnight but in order to buy itself more time, the House passed a one-week stopgap […] Read More →

November 13, 2020

From Your Lobbyist: Election Results, Glass Ceilings, and the Youth Vote

Week of November 9-13 Election Results, Glass Ceilings, and the Youth Vote: After being glued to cable news for 5 days of “election night in America,” millions of us were ecstatic when the presidential election results were called for President-Elect Joe Biden and VP-Elect Kamala Harris.  Here are some pretty freaking amazing highlights about the […] Read More →

October 26, 2020

From Your Lobbyist: Vote Vote Vote

Week of Oct 26-30 Happy Monday, AYA Advocates. We have just 8 days until the election, and the most important way to affect the change we want is to vote. Vote early, vote by mail, vote in person, and help others to vote! Your votes matter. Young Americans make up 37% of the voting population,and […] Read More →

October 2, 2020

From Your Lobbyist: Congress Recesses, No Relief Bill Enacted

Week of Sep 28-Oct 2 Congress Recesses, No Relief Bill Enacted: At the end of this week, Congress went into recess until after the elections without passing another COVID-19 relief package. In order to boost talks with the White House, the House of Representatives passed the Heroes Act 2.0 that would address the economic fallout […] Read More →

September 18, 2020

From Your Lobbyist: Student Debt Rumblings

Week of Sep. 14-18 Senators Call for $50k in Debt Cancellation: On Thursday September 17, Minority Leader Senator Schumer (D-NY) & Senator Warren (D-MA) introduced a resolution that calls for the President to immediately cancel $50,000 in student loan debt for all federal borrowers. The cancellation of debt in this amount is meant to provide […] Read More →

July 31, 2020

From Your Lobbyist: HEALS Act, Deferment, and House Funding

HEALS Act, Provides no Healing: After intraparty drama and infighting within the Republican party, Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) introduced the HEALS Act, which does anything but pave the road for Americans to heal from the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite proposing $30 billion for direct aid for higher education, it falls immensely short […] Read More →

July 10, 2020

From Your Lobbyist: House Making Moves

Week of July 6-10 House Advances FY21 Education Spending Bill: On July 7, the Labor Health Human Services and Education (LHHS-Ed) Subcommittee on Appropriations marked up their fiscal year 2021 (FY21). In her opening remarks, Chairwoman DeLauro (D-CT) emphasized that COVID-19 is the biggest health crisis we have faced as a country in a century […] Read More →

June 12, 2020

From Your Lobbyist: Black Lives Matter, Colleges, and Trump Veto

Black Lives Matter: Right now, we’re in the middle of the largest demonstration of civil unrest in regards to racist violence in our generation’s history. AYA’s core mission is always  viewed through a lens of equity, but recently, AYA has been actively engaged on all of our channels to show our ongoing support for the […] Read More →

May 20, 2020

From Your Lobbyist: House Passes the HEROES Act, D.O.A in Senate

May 18th, 2020 Late on the night of Friday, May 15th, the Democratic House of Representatives passed the HEROES Act, which if passed into law would provide slightly upwards of $3 trillion in emergency relief funds due to the continuing fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill includes a whopping $37 billion for aid to […] Read More →

April 3, 2020

From Your Lobbyist: More COVID-19 and another BIG win.

Week of March 30-April 3 We hope this report finds you and your families safe and healthy during this difficult time. Last week, the third emergency COVID-19 stimulus bill (CV3) was signed into law that contained some important provisions for Young Americans. While the bill was not perfect at addressing all of the pressing needs […] Read More →

March 13, 2020

From Your Lobbyist: COVID-19 and a big AYA win.

Week of March 9-13 College Campuses Close and Go Virtual: With COVID-19 ravaging the nation and Members of Congress scrambling to pass emergency funding to deal with the response to the virus, it has been a rather hectic week on Capitol Hill. Over the course of the week, over 100 colleges and universities have cancelled […] Read More →


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