Action Reports

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 →

February 28, 2020

From Your Lobbyist: House Grills DeVos

Week of Feb 24-28 On Feb 27th, the House Labor HHS Education Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the President’s proposed FY21 education budget started calmly but ended just as acrimoniously as last year’s hearing before the same panel. Many Democratic members of Congress chastised DeVos for her agenda to privatize education and failure to protect students […] Read More →

January 17, 2020

From Your Lobbyist: House Blocks BD Rule, Warren to Cancel Loans

Week of Jan 13-17 Despite the intense advocacy of the national education groups, dozens of consumer and student groups, and AYA from 2018-2019 against the Trump Administration’s rewrite of the borrower defense rules, the Department’s new rules are set to effect July 1, 2020. To stop these rules, which would make it harder for defrauded […] Read More →

December 13, 2019

From Your Lobbyist: House and Senate Advance Major Policies

Week of Dec. 9-13 Despite a lot of the national attention on the ongoing impeachment proceedings, this week proved that, indeed, Congress can walk and chew gum––as it was a jam-packed week of higher ed policymaking and hearings. Over the last week, the House and Senate advanced legislation that would permanently reauthorize HBCU funding and […] Read More →

November 25, 2019

From Your Lobbyist: Support for Higher Ed Bill, Federal Funding Extended

Week of Nov 18-22 Bipartisan Higher Ed Bill Draws Support, Federal Funding Extended to Dec 20th While comprehensive Higher Education Act reauthorization remains stalled in the Senate, one aspect of Higher Education Act regulations – the so-called 90/10 rule – may see an upgrade thanks to the introduction this week of bipartisan Senate legislation. Under […] Read More →

November 1, 2019

From Your Lobbyist: College Affordability Act Passes Committee, House Floor Next

Week of Oct. 25-Nov. 1 Despite the city’s exuberance over the Washington Nationals’ World Series victory on Wednesday night (go Nats!) and the distraction of the ongoing impeachment proceedings, important work on education policy actually occurred in Washington this week. After a three-day mark-up in which over 50 amendments were considered, the Democratic led House […] Read More →

October 18, 2019

From Your Lobbyist: AYA Endorses the College Affordability Act

Week of Oct. 14-18 College Affordability Act Unveiled and AYA Proudly Endorses This Awesome Piece of Legislation! Earlier this week after months of anticipation, the House Education & Labor Committee chaired by Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) finally unveiled legislation that would overhaul the higher education system by reauthorizing the Higher Education Act. Entitled “The College […] Read More →

October 1, 2019

From Your Lobbyist: HELP Committee and the Government Stays Open

Week of September 23-27 Chairman of Senate HELP Committee Releases Package of Higher Ed Bills: Despite the impeachment inquiry news sucking the air out of DC, it was a slow education news week. That is until, on Thursday, Senate HELP Committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) introduced a package of eight previously introduced and bipartisan bills, […] Read More →

September 6, 2019

From Your Lobbyist: Back to School, Back to Congress

Week of September 3-6 After a long 5-week hiatus this summer, Congress returns to session next week and passing the federal funding bills will be the only thing on everyone’s minds. When it returns next week, Congress only has 13 legislative days to pass all 12 appropriations bills before government funding runs out on September […] Read More →


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