Federal - HR 4508

A bill to support students in completing an affordable postsecondary education that will prepare them to enter the workforce with the skills they need for lifelong success (official title to be confirmed).

Introduced

December 1, 2017

Description

A bill to support students in completing an affordable postsecondary education that will prepare them to enter the workforce with the skills they need for lifelong success (official title to be confirmed).

Our Position

Oppose

Original Sponsor 1

Co-Sponsors 21

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  • Feb. 8, 2018 — Reported to the House amended by the House Education and the Workforce Committee and placed on the Union Calendar. H Rept 115-550Congressional Record p. H1074

  • Jan. 12, 2018 — Additional cosponsor(s): 20

    Allen, (R-Ga.)Handel, (R-Ga.)Rooney, F. (R-Fla.)
    Barletta, (R-Pa.)Hunter, (R-Calif.)Smucker, (R-Pa.)
    Brat, (R-Va.)Lewis, Jason (R-Minn.)Stefanik, (R-N.Y.)
    Byrne, (R-Ala.)Messer, (R-Ind.)Thompson, G. (R-Pa.)
    Estes, (R-Kan.)Mitchell, (R-Mich.)Walberg, (R-Mich.)
    Ferguson, (R-Ga.)Roe, (R-Tenn.)Wilson, J. (R-S.C.)
    Garrett, (R-Va.)Rokita, (R-Ind.)
  • Dec. 12, 2017 — Full committee consideration and markup held by the House Education and the Workforce Committee.

    Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Path to Citizenship
      Grijalva, D-Ariz. —

    Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky, substitute amendment that would add the text of legislation, known as the DREAM Act, to provide a pathway to U.S. citizenship and allow access to in-state tuition for immigrant children.

    Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky, substitute amendment that would add the text of legislation, known as the DREAM Act, to provide a pathway to U.S. citizenship and allow access to in-state tuition for immigrant children.

    Ruled not germane. Note: <p>Guthrie, R-Ky., raised a point of order that the Grijalva, D-Ariz., amendment was not germane.</p>

    Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Pell Grants
      S. Davis, D-Calif. —

    Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would strike the federal Pell grant provisions and insert language to set $6,420, as the maximum federal Pell grant amount for award years 2019 and 2020, and provide inflation adjustment to this amount for award years 2021-2024.

    The amendment also would restore eligibility for Pell grants to students who were previously eligible for borrower defense loan forgiveness.

    It also would maintain the current Pell grant bonus of $300.

    It would require the secretary of Education to annually submit to Congress, by Dec. 31, a report on:

    • the number and percentage of total Pell grant applicants flagged for an unusual enrollment history in the preceding award year;
    • the number and percentage of institutions that have had fewer than 2 percent of applicants flagged for unusual enrollment history; and
    • the name of every institution that has had more than 3 percent of total applicants flagged for an unusual enrollment history in the preceding award year.

    It also would authorize such sums annually as may be necessary to ensure that every eligible student receives the maximum Pell grant amount.

    It would require the Education secretary, beginning on July 1, 2019, to implement a program to award Pell grants for job training programs.

    It also would authorize scholarships for dependents of veterans killed as a result of performing military services in Afghanistan or Iraq and is younger than 24 years of aged or enrolled at an institution of higher education at the time the veteran died.

    It would provide a $9,010 income protection allowance for determining a family's contribution for dependent students for award year 2019-2020.

    It also would provide a $14,010 income protection allowance for award year 2019-2020 for determining a family's contribution for independent students without dependents other than a spouse.

    It would provide a simplified needs test for families earning less than $34,000 annually for award year 2019-2020 and adjust this amount for inflation for years 2021 to 2024.

    It would prohibit the Education secretary from including any question about the criminal conviction of an applicant for the possession or sale of illegal drugs on the federal financial aid form.

    It also would expand Pell grant eligibility for "dreamer students," defined as those who were younger than 16 when they initially entered the U.S. or were eligible for a grant of deferred action under the June 15, 2012, and the November 20, 2014, memorandum from the secretary of Homeland Security.

    Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would strike the federal Pell grant provisions and insert language to set $6,420, as the maximum federal Pell grant amount for award years 2019 and 2020, and provide inflation adjustment to this amount for award years 2021-2024.

    The amendment also would restore eligibility for Pell grants to students who were previously eligible for borrower defense loan forgiveness.

    It also would maintain the current Pell grant bonus of $300.

    It would require the secretary of Education to annually submit to Congress, by Dec. 31, a report on:

    • the number and percentage of total Pell grant applicants flagged for an unusual enrollment history in the preceding award year;
    • the number and percentage of institutions that have had fewer than 2 percent of applicants flagged for unusual enrollment history; and
    • the name of every institution that has had more than 3 percent of total applicants flagged for an unusual enrollment history in the preceding award year.
    • It also would authorize such sums annually as may be necessary to ensure that every eligible student receives the maximum Pell grant amount.

      It would require the Education secretary, beginning on July 1, 2019, to implement a program to award Pell grants for job training programs.

      It also would authorize scholarships for dependents of veterans killed as a result of performing military services in Afghanistan or Iraq and is younger than 24 years of aged or enrolled at an institution of higher education at the time the veteran died.

      It would provide a $9,010 income protection allowance for determining a family's contribution for dependent students for award year 2019-2020.

      It also would provide a $14,010 income protection allowance for award year 2019-2020 for determining a family's contribution for independent students without dependents other than a spouse.

      It would provide a simplified needs test for families earning less than $34,000 annually for award year 2019-2020 and adjust this amount for inflation for years 2021 to 2024.

      It would prohibit the Education secretary from including any question about the criminal conviction of an applicant for the possession or sale of illegal drugs on the federal financial aid form.

      It also would expand Pell grant eligibility for "dreamer students," defined as those who were younger than 16 when they initially entered the U.S. or were eligible for a grant of deferred action under the June 15, 2012, and the November 20, 2014, memorandum from the secretary of Homeland Security.

      Rejected 17-22.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Apprenticeship Programs
        Estes, R-Kan. —

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would allow institutions to use work study funds to expand opportunities for apprenticeships for students and to assist employers in developing jobs that would be part of an apprenticeship program.

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would allow institutions to use work study funds to expand opportunities for apprenticeships for students and to assist employers in developing jobs that would be part of an apprenticeship program.

      Adopted 22-17.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Motion to Table
      Guthrie, R-Ky. —

      Motion to table the Grijalva, R-Ariz., motion to appeal the ruling of the chairman that the Grijalva amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment was not germane.

      The Grijalva amendment would have added the text of legislation, known as the DREAM Act, to provide a pathway to U.S. citizenship and allow access to in-state tuition for immigrant children.

      Motion to table the Grijalva, R-Ariz., motion to appeal the ruling of the chairman that the Grijalva amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment was not germane.

      The Grijalva amendment would have added the text of legislation, known as the DREAM Act, to provide a pathway to U.S. citizenship and allow access to in-state tuition for immigrant children.

      Agreed to 20-13.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Hazing Prevention on Campus
        G. Thompson, R-Pa. —

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would express the sense of Congress that institutions of higher education should have clear policies that prohibit unsafe practices, such as hazing, on campus.

      It would define hazing to mean any intentional, knowing, or reckless act committed by a student, or a former student against another student that contributes to a substantial risk of physical injury, mental harm or personal degradation.

      The amendment also would express the sense of Congress that student organizations on campus should ensure that their policies and activities do not endanger students safety or cause harm to students.

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would express the sense of Congress that institutions of higher education should have clear policies that prohibit unsafe practices, such as hazing, on campus.

      It would define hazing to mean any intentional, knowing, or reckless act committed by a student, or a former student against another student that contributes to a substantial risk of physical injury, mental harm or personal degradation.

      The amendment also would express the sense of Congress that student organizations on campus should ensure that their policies and activities do not endanger students safety or cause harm to students.

      Adopted 23-17.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Dreamer Students
        Espaillat, D-N.Y. —

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would allow "dreamer students" to be eligible for federal financial aid, including loans.

      The amendment would define "dreamer students" as individuals who:

      • were younger than 16 years of age on the date they initially entered the U.S.;
      • have provided a list of each secondary school that the student attended in the U.S.;
      • have earned a high school diploma; and
      • have acquired a degree from an institution of higher education or has completed not less than two years in a baccalaureate degree.

      It also would define "dreamer students" as being eligible for a grant of deferred action under the June 15, 2012, and the Nov. 30, 2014, memorandum from the secretary of Homeland Security with respect to individuals who came to the U.S. as children.

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would allow "dreamer students" to be eligible for federal financial aid, including loans.

      The amendment would define "dreamer students" as individuals who:

    • were younger than 16 years of age on the date they initially entered the U.S.;
    • have provided a list of each secondary school that the student attended in the U.S.;
    • have earned a high school diploma; and
    • have acquired a degree from an institution of higher education or has completed not less than two years in a baccalaureate degree.
    • It also would define "dreamer students" as being eligible for a grant of deferred action under the June 15, 2012, and the Nov. 30, 2014, memorandum from the secretary of Homeland Security with respect to individuals who came to the U.S. as children.

      Rejected 17-23.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Harassment
        Garrett, R-Va. —

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would express the sense of congress that harassment and violence targeted at students because of their racial, ethnic, religious, or sexual background should be condemned.

      The amendment also would express the sense of Congress that institutions of higher education and law enforcement personnel should be commended for their efforts to combat violence and harm.

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would express the sense of congress that harassment and violence targeted at students because of their racial, ethnic, religious, or sexual background should be condemned.

      The amendment also would express the sense of Congress that institutions of higher education and law enforcement personnel should be commended for their efforts to combat violence and harm.

      Withdrawn.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Educational Program on Hazing
        Fudge, D-Ohio —

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would require institutions to report the number of hazing incidents reported to campus security or local police.

      The amendment also would require each institution to provide students with an educational program on hazing, which would include information on hazing awareness and prevention as well as the institution's policies on hazing.

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would require institutions to report the number of hazing incidents reported to campus security or local police.

      The amendment also would require each institution to provide students with an educational program on hazing, which would include information on hazing awareness and prevention as well as the institution's policies on hazing.

      Withdrawn.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Substance Abuse
        Smucker, R-Pa. —

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would direct the secretary of Education, in consultation with the secretary of Health and Human Services and outside substance abuse prevention experts, to develop best practices for institutions of higher education to address and prevent substance use.

      The amendment also would allow institutions to request technical assistance from the secretary to implement best practices polices to address and prevent substance use.

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would direct the secretary of Education, in consultation with the secretary of Health and Human Services and outside substance abuse prevention experts, to develop best practices for institutions of higher education to address and prevent substance use.

      The amendment also would allow institutions to request technical assistance from the secretary to implement best practices polices to address and prevent substance use.

      Adopted by voice vote.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Opioid Abuse and Prevention
        Shea-Porter, D-N.H. —

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would add opioid misuse and substance abuse prevention to the drug and alcohol abuse prevention program included in the legislation.

      The amendment also would add language to require information on opioid abuse prevention, harm reduction and recovery be provided to institutions and students to prevent drug and alcohol abuse.

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would add opioid misuse and substance abuse prevention to the drug and alcohol abuse prevention program included in the legislation.

      The amendment also would add language to require information on opioid abuse prevention, harm reduction and recovery be provided to institutions and students to prevent drug and alcohol abuse.

      Adopted by voice vote.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Dissemination of Information on Financial Aid
        Ferguson, R-Ga. —

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would direct the Education secretary to create an online platform for states, institutions and other organizations involved in college access to share best practices on disseminating information on the availability of financial aid.

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would direct the Education secretary to create an online platform for states, institutions and other organizations involved in college access to share best practices on disseminating information on the availability of financial aid.

      Adopted by voice vote.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — For-Profit Educational Institutions
        Takano, D-Calif. —

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would strike the sections that define institutions of higher education eligible to participate in federal financial aid programs that include for-profit institutions, and proprietary institutions that have been in existence for two years.

      The amendment also would expand the definition of federal educational assistance to include all Title IV loan programs; veterans and military educational benefits; and funds provided for foster care under the John H. Chafee Independence Program.

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would strike the sections that define institutions of higher education eligible to participate in federal financial aid programs that include for-profit institutions, and proprietary institutions that have been in existence for two years.

      The amendment also would expand the definition of federal educational assistance to include all Title IV loan programs; veterans and military educational benefits; and funds provided for foster care under the John H. Chafee Independence Program.

      Rejected 17-23.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Competency Based Education Programs
        Grothman, R-Wis. —

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would limit federal financial aid funding to those programs where student learning results from instruction provided by the institution, not for the portion of the program of which the student has demonstrated mastery prior to enrollment in the program.

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would limit federal financial aid funding to those programs where student learning results from instruction provided by the institution, not for the portion of the program of which the student has demonstrated mastery prior to enrollment in the program.

      Adopted 22-17.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Loan Forgiveness
        Courtney, D-Conn. —

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would make an employee or manager of a farm or ranch or a full time employee of a veterans service organization eligible for public service loan forgiveness.

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would make an employee or manager of a farm or ranch or a full time employee of a veterans service organization eligible for public service loan forgiveness.

      Rejected 19-20.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Pell Grant Bonus Study
        Grothman, R-Wis. —

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would require the Education secretary to report annually on the number of students who receive the Pell grant bonus; and the number of students who receive a degree in four, and five years who have received the Pell grant bonus.

      The amendment also would require the Government Accountability Office to complete a report, within 18 months of the secretary submitting the initial report, on the impact of Pell grant bonus on course load, graduation rates and length of time necessary to complete a degree program.

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would require the Education secretary to report annually on the number of students who receive the Pell grant bonus; and the number of students who receive a degree in four, and five years who have received the Pell grant bonus.

      The amendment also would require the Government Accountability Office to complete a report, within 18 months of the secretary submitting the initial report, on the impact of Pell grant bonus on course load, graduation rates and length of time necessary to complete a degree program.

      Adopted by voice vote.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Financial Aid Counseling
        Grothman, R-Wis. —

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would require institutions of higher education to ensure and annually affirm to the Education secretary that federal financial aid recipients have received annual financial aid counseling.

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would require institutions of higher education to ensure and annually affirm to the Education secretary that federal financial aid recipients have received annual financial aid counseling.

      Adopted 21-19.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Loan Repayment Plans
        Bonamici, D-Ore. —

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would strike several sections from the bill including language that would define the term "institute of higher education" and provisions regarding lender and institution requirements relating to education loans.

      The amendment also would strike the federal direct consolidated loan changes from the bill and require the Education secretary, before July 1, 2018, to end all eligibility for repayment plans other than a fixed repayment plan.

      It would change current law to allow the secretary to limit the repayment options for student loans that would qualify for interest subsidies to two program agreements.

      It also would require the secretary, within two years of the bill's enactment, to establish and implement automatic income monitoring procedures after a borrower suffers a total and permanent disability.

      It would require the secretary to discharge a parent's liability on a a student loan if a student becomes permanently and totally disabled; or in the case of the death of the student.

      It would repeal origination fees under the federal direct loan program.

      It would require the secretary to notify borrowers who are at least 60 days delinquent on a covered loan and provide a brief description of repayment plans for which the borrower may be eligible.

      It would allow divorced couples who received a joint consolidation loan as a married couple to separate the loan.

      It would establish a six-year statute of limitation for the collection of a delinquent loan.

      It would require institutions of higher education ensure that each individual who has received a federal student loan receive comprehensive information on the terms and conditions of such loans and the responsibilities of the individual.

      It would establish a fixed repayment plan option for loans for:

      • 10 years for loans less than $20,000;
      • 15 years for loans of $20,000 to $30,000;
      • 20 years for loans $30,000 to $40,000; and
      • 25 years for loan amounts over $40,000.

      It also would require the secretary to conduct a study on the determination of family size, and a study on the the effectiveness of student loan counseling.

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would strike several sections from the bill including language that would define the term "institute of higher education" and provisions regarding lender and institution requirements relating to education loans.

      The amendment also would strike the federal direct consolidated loan changes from the bill and require the Education secretary, before July 1, 2018, to end all eligibility for repayment plans other than a fixed repayment plan.

      It would change current law to allow the secretary to limit the repayment options for student loans that would qualify for interest subsidies to two program agreements.

      It also would require the secretary, within two years of the bill's enactment, to establish and implement automatic income monitoring procedures after a borrower suffers a total and permanent disability.

      It would require the secretary to discharge a parent's liability on a a student loan if a student becomes permanently and totally disabled; or in the case of the death of the student.

      It would repeal origination fees under the federal direct loan program.

      It would require the secretary to notify borrowers who are at least 60 days delinquent on a covered loan and provide a brief description of repayment plans for which the borrower may be eligible.

      It would allow divorced couples who received a joint consolidation loan as a married couple to separate the loan.

      It would establish a six-year statute of limitation for the collection of a delinquent loan.

      It would require institutions of higher education ensure that each individual who has received a federal student loan receive comprehensive information on the terms and conditions of such loans and the responsibilities of the individual.

      It would establish a fixed repayment plan option for loans for:

    • 10 years for loans less than $20,000;
    • 15 years for loans of $20,000 to $30,000;
    • 20 years for loans $30,000 to $40,000; and
    • 25 years for loan amounts over $40,000.
    • It also would require the secretary to conduct a study on the determination of family size, and a study on the the effectiveness of student loan counseling.

      Rejected 16-22.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Database on Student Information
        Polis, D-Colo. —

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would repeal current law that prohibits the development, implementation or maintenance of a federal database on student information.

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would repeal current law that prohibits the development, implementation or maintenance of a federal database on student information.

      Rejected 17-20.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Family Contribution Levels
        Blunt Rochester, D-Del. —

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would eliminate the requirement for eligibility for federal educational assistance, that male students must submit and register with the Selective Service System.

      The amendment also would allow an income protection allowance of $9,010 for award year 2018-2019 for dependent students, and $14,010 for single or separated students and $22,460 for married students.

      It also would establish an income protection allowance based on family size for independent students with dependents.

      It would index the income protection allowance for award years 2020-2024 to inflation.

      It would reduce to zero the family contribution amount for students that have parents that are not required to file a federal income tax return, and the sum of the adjusted gross income of the parents is less than $34,000.

      It would exclude untaxed income and benefits from family contribution amounts.

      It also would require the Education secretary, by July 1, 2018, to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the secretaries of Health and Human Services, Agriculture and Treasury to exchange income eligibility information to simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form and application process.

      It also would require the Education secretary to develop and finalize a financial shopping sheet about the cost and quality of each institution.

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would eliminate the requirement for eligibility for federal educational assistance, that male students must submit and register with the Selective Service System.

      The amendment also would allow an income protection allowance of $9,010 for award year 2018-2019 for dependent students, and $14,010 for single or separated students and $22,460 for married students.

      It also would establish an income protection allowance based on family size for independent students with dependents.

      It would index the income protection allowance for award years 2020-2024 to inflation.

      It would reduce to zero the family contribution amount for students that have parents that are not required to file a federal income tax return, and the sum of the adjusted gross income of the parents is less than $34,000.

      It would exclude untaxed income and benefits from family contribution amounts.

      It also would require the Education secretary, by July 1, 2018, to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the secretaries of Health and Human Services, Agriculture and Treasury to exchange income eligibility information to simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form and application process.

      It also would require the Education secretary to develop and finalize a financial shopping sheet about the cost and quality of each institution.

      Rejected 17-23.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Protected Speech Disclosure
      Garrett, R-Va. —

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would allow a student to submit a complaint to the secretary of Education if the institution is enforcing a policy related to protected speech that has not been disclosed.

      The amendment would require the secretary to designate an employee in the Office of Postsecondary Education to receive complaints from students against an institution that is enforcing a policy related to protected speech that has not been disclosed.

      It would require the secretary, within seven days of receiving the complaint, to review and request a response from the institution and within ten days, make a decision on the complaint.

      It also would allow the secretary to refer the complaint to the Department of Justice if the secretary believes the denial of the right to speak may be a violation of the Constitution.

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would allow a student to submit a complaint to the secretary of Education if the institution is enforcing a policy related to protected speech that has not been disclosed.

      The amendment would require the secretary to designate an employee in the Office of Postsecondary Education to receive complaints from students against an institution that is enforcing a policy related to protected speech that has not been disclosed.

      It would require the secretary, within seven days of receiving the complaint, to review and request a response from the institution and within ten days, make a decision on the complaint.

      It also would allow the secretary to refer the complaint to the Department of Justice if the secretary believes the denial of the right to speak may be a violation of the Constitution.

      Adopted 23-17.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Student Loan Refinancing
        Courtney, D-Conn. —

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would require the secretary, within 180 days of the bill's enactment, to establish a refinancing student loan program with an interest rate equal to the rate for the Federal Direct Stafford Loans and Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans for the 12-month period beginning on July 1, 2016, and ending June 30, 2017.

      The amendment also would establish an interest rate of plus 2.05 percent above 10-year Treasury note for undergrad loans and plus 3.60 percent for graduate student loans for the refinancing of a Federal ONE Loan.

      It also would require the secretary, in coordination with the director of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, to alert borrowers of loans that are eligible for refinancing.

      It also would authorize a federal refinancing loan program for private loans.

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would require the secretary, within 180 days of the bill's enactment, to establish a refinancing student loan program with an interest rate equal to the rate for the Federal Direct Stafford Loans and Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans for the 12-month period beginning on July 1, 2016, and ending June 30, 2017.

      The amendment also would establish an interest rate of plus 2.05 percent above 10-year Treasury note for undergrad loans and plus 3.60 percent for graduate student loans for the refinancing of a Federal ONE Loan.

      It also would require the secretary, in coordination with the director of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, to alert borrowers of loans that are eligible for refinancing.

      It also would authorize a federal refinancing loan program for private loans.

      Rejected 18-22.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Additional Counseling Services
        Allen, R-Ga. —

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would clarify that institutions of higher education could provide additional information and counseling services to recipients of federal financial aid.

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would clarify that institutions of higher education could provide additional information and counseling services to recipients of federal financial aid.

      Adopted by voice vote.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Teacher Quality Grants
        F. Wilson, D-Fla. —

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would strike language that would repeal current law regarding teacher quality enhancement grants and authorize $300 million annually, adjusted for inflation, for the program.

      The amendment would authorize $100 million annually for the current Enhancing Teacher Education program.

      It also would authorize $200 million annually, adjusted for inflation, to fund the Upward Bound Math and Science Program.

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would strike language that would repeal current law regarding teacher quality enhancement grants and authorize $300 million annually, adjusted for inflation, for the program.

      The amendment would authorize $100 million annually for the current Enhancing Teacher Education program.

      It also would authorize $200 million annually, adjusted for inflation, to fund the Upward Bound Math and Science Program.

      Rejected 17-23.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Student Debt
        Rokita, R-Ind. —

      Amendment ot the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would require the Education secretary, within 180 days of the bill's enactment, to carry out a demonstration program to enable eligible lenders to make lower interest loans available to all eligible borrowers to refinance high-balance student loan debt.

      Amendment ot the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would require the Education secretary, within 180 days of the bill's enactment, to carry out a demonstration program to enable eligible lenders to make lower interest loans available to all eligible borrowers to refinance high-balance student loan debt.

      Withdrawn by voice vote.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Tuition Assistance
        Sablan, D-N. Marianas —

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would allow the governors of the Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa to award grants to institutions that enroll eligible students to pay the difference between the tuition for in-state students and out-of-state students.

      The amendment would limit the amount of each grant to $15,000 annually and no more than $45,000 total.

      It also would require the Government Accountability Office to monitor the effect of the program on educational opportunities for eligible students.

      It would require the Education secretary to arrange for the assignment of an individual within the Education department to serve as an advisor to each governor to assist with the grant program.

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would allow the governors of the Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa to award grants to institutions that enroll eligible students to pay the difference between the tuition for in-state students and out-of-state students.

      The amendment would limit the amount of each grant to $15,000 annually and no more than $45,000 total.

      It also would require the Government Accountability Office to monitor the effect of the program on educational opportunities for eligible students.

      It would require the Education secretary to arrange for the assignment of an individual within the Education department to serve as an advisor to each governor to assist with the grant program.

      Rejected 19-21.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Reduction of FTEs
        Rokita, R-Ind. —

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would require the Education secretary, within sixty days of the bill's enactment, to identify the number of department full-time equivalent employees (FTEs) who work on or administer each education program authorized under the legislation and publish this information on the department's website.

      The amendment also would require the secretary, within sixty days of the bill's enactment, to identify the number of full time equivalent employees work on or administer each program that has been eliminated or consolidated under the legislation.

      It also would require the secretary, within one year after the identification of the full time equivalent employees, to reduce the workforce at the Department of Education by the difference between the current number of FTEs and the number necessary to carry out the legislation.

      It also would require the secretary to report to Congress on the total impact of the reduction of FTEs.

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would require the Education secretary, within sixty days of the bill's enactment, to identify the number of department full-time equivalent employees (FTEs) who work on or administer each education program authorized under the legislation and publish this information on the department's website.

      The amendment also would require the secretary, within sixty days of the bill's enactment, to identify the number of full time equivalent employees work on or administer each program that has been eliminated or consolidated under the legislation.

      It also would require the secretary, within one year after the identification of the full time equivalent employees, to reduce the workforce at the Department of Education by the difference between the current number of FTEs and the number necessary to carry out the legislation.

      It also would require the secretary to report to Congress on the total impact of the reduction of FTEs.

      Adopted 23-17.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Work Study
        Bonamici, D-Ore. —

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would strike language that would repeal several campus grant and loan forgiveness programs.

      The amendment would make community service with local non-profit, governmental and community-based organizations eligible for work study funding.

      It also would increase funding authorized for federal work study programs in fiscal 2019 from $1.72 billion to $1.75 billion and increase such authorization to $3 billion by fiscal 2024.

      It would revise the formula for determining each institution's fair share amount of funding.

      It would provide additional funds to institutions to conduct community service work study programs.

      It also would direct the Education secretary to establish a work-based learning opportunities pilot grant program.

      It would require the Government Accountability Office, within 180 days of the bill's enactment, to conduct a study on best practices for assisting students participating in work study programs.

      It also would extend through Sept. 30, 2024 the authority for the secretary to continue to make federal Perkins Loans.

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would strike language that would repeal several campus grant and loan forgiveness programs.

      The amendment would make community service with local non-profit, governmental and community-based organizations eligible for work study funding.

      It also would increase funding authorized for federal work study programs in fiscal 2019 from $1.72 billion to $1.75 billion and increase such authorization to $3 billion by fiscal 2024.

      It would revise the formula for determining each institution's fair share amount of funding.

      It would provide additional funds to institutions to conduct community service work study programs.

      It also would direct the Education secretary to establish a work-based learning opportunities pilot grant program.

      It would require the Government Accountability Office, within 180 days of the bill's enactment, to conduct a study on best practices for assisting students participating in work study programs.

      It also would extend through Sept. 30, 2024 the authority for the secretary to continue to make federal Perkins Loans.

      Rejected 17-23.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Institute of Peace
        G. Thompson, R-Pa. —

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would strike language from the bill that would repeal the law that established the U.S. Institute of Peace.

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would strike language from the bill that would repeal the law that established the U.S. Institute of Peace.

      Adopted by voice vote.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Minority Institutions
        Adams, D-N.C. —

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would strike language from the bill relating to institutional aid for historically black colleges and universities and replace it with language that would allow such institutions to use 50 percent of interest on endowment funds to provide scholarships.

      The amendment also would allow tribal colleges and universities to use 50 percent of interest on endowment funds to provide scholarships.

      It would allow an institution to carry over grant funds that had not been used during the five-year period following the date of the initial grant award.

      It also would establish a Native American language vitalization and training program.

      It would allow institutions to use federal funds to provide tutoring, counseling, advising and student service programs designed to improve academic success; acquisition of technology services and equipment; teacher education and preparation of graduates for teacher certification.

      It also would establish an allotment of less than $500,000, for a part B institution which had received a previous grant, and $250,000 for a part B institution that had not been previously awarded funds.

      It would place funding limitations on new institutions.

      It would provide bond insurance for low interest loans to finance science, technology, engineering or mathematics related academic facilities.

      It also would authorize $300 million annually for fiscal 2019 through 2028 for programs to strengthen historically black colleges and universities.

      It would establish a new program to develop Hispanic serving institutions and to enhance support for Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving institutions.

      It would authorize $850 million annually in fiscal 2019 through 2024 to carry out the provisions and programs included in the amendment.

      It would authorize mandatory funding of $13.5 million for masters and post-baccalaureate programs for fiscal 2019 through fiscal 2024.

      It also would reauthorize the Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities Assistance Act programs through 2018.

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would strike language from the bill relating to institutional aid for historically black colleges and universities and replace it with language that would allow such institutions to use 50 percent of interest on endowment funds to provide scholarships.

      The amendment also would allow tribal colleges and universities to use 50 percent of interest on endowment funds to provide scholarships.

      It would allow an institution to carry over grant funds that had not been used during the five-year period following the date of the initial grant award.

      It also would establish a Native American language vitalization and training program.

      It would allow institutions to use federal funds to provide tutoring, counseling, advising and student service programs designed to improve academic success; acquisition of technology services and equipment; teacher education and preparation of graduates for teacher certification.

      It also would establish an allotment of less than $500,000, for a part B institution which had received a previous grant, and $250,000 for a part B institution that had not been previously awarded funds.

      It would place funding limitations on new institutions.

      It would provide bond insurance for low interest loans to finance science, technology, engineering or mathematics related academic facilities.

      It also would authorize $300 million annually for fiscal 2019 through 2028 for programs to strengthen historically black colleges and universities.

      It would establish a new program to develop Hispanic serving institutions and to enhance support for Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving institutions.

      It would authorize $850 million annually in fiscal 2019 through 2024 to carry out the provisions and programs included in the amendment.

      It would authorize mandatory funding of $13.5 million for masters and post-baccalaureate programs for fiscal 2019 through fiscal 2024.

      It also would reauthorize the Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities Assistance Act programs through 2018.

      Rejected 17-23.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — En Bloc Amendments

      En bloc amendments to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment by:

      • Scott, D-Va., to provide free tuition for two years at community colleges;
      • Norcross, D-N.J., to provide grants to community colleges to increase graduation rates;
      • Espaillat, D-N.Y., to direct the secretary of Education to provide grants to institutions to support an early college high school or dual or concurrent enrollment program;
      • Norcross, D-N.J., to establish a remedial education improvement grant program ;
      • Polis, D-Colo., that would expand access for high school students to earn credits for academic transition programs between high school and college ; and
      • Polis, D-Colo., to direct the Education secretary to create a grant program to expand the use of open textbooks in order to achieve savings for students .

      En bloc amendments to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment by:

    • Scott, D-Va., to provide free tuition for two years at community colleges;
    • Norcross, D-N.J., to provide grants to community colleges to increase graduation rates;
    • Espaillat, D-N.Y., to direct the secretary of Education to provide grants to institutions to support an early college high school or dual or concurrent enrollment program;
    • Norcross, D-N.J., to establish a remedial education improvement grant program ;
    • Polis, D-Colo., that would expand access for high school students to earn credits for academic transition programs between high school and college ; and
    • Polis, D-Colo., to direct the Education secretary to create a grant program to expand the use of open textbooks in order to achieve savings for students .
    • Rejected (en bloc) 17-23.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Earn and Learn Programs
        S. Davis, D-Calif. —

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would strike language from the bill that would define institutions of higher education.

      The amendment also would strike provisions that would create an apprenticeship grant program and replace it with language that would create an "earn and learn" program to allow students to work at in-demand jobs while learning new skills.

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would strike language from the bill that would define institutions of higher education.

      The amendment also would strike provisions that would create an apprenticeship grant program and replace it with language that would create an "earn and learn" program to allow students to work at in-demand jobs while learning new skills.

      Rejected 17-23.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Pell Grant Bonus
        Grothman, R-Wis. —

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would strike language that would make students carrying a greater than full time course load eligible for a the $300 Pell grant bonus.

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would strike language that would make students carrying a greater than full time course load eligible for a the $300 Pell grant bonus.

      Rejected 20-20.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Students with Disabilities
        DeSaulnier, D-Calif. —

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would strike language from the bill that would define an institution of higher education.

      The amendment also would require such institutions to submit data to the Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System on the number of disabled students served and the number of disabled students graduating from under grad or post graduate programs.

      It would authorize:

      • $10 million annually for a new competitive grant program to support post-secondary faculty, staff and administrators in providing an accessible education.
      • $10 million annually for a new competitive grant program to support innovation and increased accessibility for disabled students.
      • $2 million for the training of real-time writers to provide closed captioning and court reporting services.

      It would strike language in the bill that would repeal a number of laws that created higher education programs, including the Institute of Peace.

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would strike language from the bill that would define an institution of higher education.

      The amendment also would require such institutions to submit data to the Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System on the number of disabled students served and the number of disabled students graduating from under grad or post graduate programs.

      It would authorize:

    • $10 million annually for a new competitive grant program to support post-secondary faculty, staff and administrators in providing an accessible education.
    • $10 million annually for a new competitive grant program to support innovation and increased accessibility for disabled students.
    • $2 million for the training of real-time writers to provide closed captioning and court reporting services.
    • It would strike language in the bill that would repeal a number of laws that created higher education programs, including the Institute of Peace.

      Rejected 17-23.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Campus Based Child Care
        Norcross, D-N.J. —

      Amendment to the Guthrie, Ky., substitute amendment that would increase to $67 million from $15.13 million, the amount authorized annually in fiscal 2019 through 2024 for campus-based child care programs.

      Amendment to the Guthrie, Ky., substitute amendment that would increase to $67 million from $15.13 million, the amount authorized annually in fiscal 2019 through 2024 for campus-based child care programs.

      Rejected 17-23.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Student Loan Default Fines
        Grothman, R-Wis. —

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would impose a fine, equal to 5 percent of the total amount, including interest, on any loan awarded to a student that is not in positive repayment status.

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would impose a fine, equal to 5 percent of the total amount, including interest, on any loan awarded to a student that is not in positive repayment status.

      Withdrawn.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Religious Organizations
        R. Scott, D-Va. —

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would strike language from the bill that would define the term "institutions of higher education."

      The amendment also would strike language from the bill that would repeal several state regulations relating to religious-affiliated institutions.

      It would strike language to require access to facilities and services for religious organizations identical to those available to other student organizations.

      It also would define institutions ineligible for federal higher education funding to include 501(c)(3), non profit religious organization or institution.

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would strike language from the bill that would define the term "institutions of higher education."

      The amendment also would strike language from the bill that would repeal several state regulations relating to religious-affiliated institutions.

      It would strike language to require access to facilities and services for religious organizations identical to those available to other student organizations.

      It also would define institutions ineligible for federal higher education funding to include 501(c)(3), non profit religious organization or institution.

      Rejected 17-23.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Sexual Assault on Campus
        S. Davis, D-Calif. —

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would strike language to require institutions of higher education to address sexual assault on campus.

      It also would strike language relating to the prevention of interference with criminal proceedings by institutions and requirements that institutions make timely reports to the campus community on crimes unless it would compromise an ongoing law enforcement effort.

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would strike language to require institutions of higher education to address sexual assault on campus.

      It also would strike language relating to the prevention of interference with criminal proceedings by institutions and requirements that institutions make timely reports to the campus community on crimes unless it would compromise an ongoing law enforcement effort.

      Rejected 17-23.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Foreign Language Education
        S. Davis, D-Calif. —

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would revise the bill's provisions regarding international education programs.

      The amendment would direct the Education secretary to conduct research and studies that "contribute to a systematic understanding of our nation's international and foreign language education capacity, structures, and effectiveness in meeting the growing demand for foreign language skills."

      It also would direct the secretary to implement a competitive research and innovation grant program to fund the systematic development, collection, and analysis to improve international and foreign language education.

      It would establish the federal share of the grant to be no more than 66.66 percent unless waived by the secretary for minority-serving institutions.

      It would discontinue the current law Foreign Information Access Program and the International Research Studies Program.

      It would direct the secretary to make grants to eligible entities to establish an interdisciplinary global focus in the undergraduate and graduate curricula of business, science, technology, engineering and other professional education and technical training programs based on national needs.

      It would repeal the current assistance program for the Institute for International Public Policy.

      It also would authorize $125 million annually, adjusted for inflation starting in fiscal 2019, to carry out the provisions included in the amendment.

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would revise the bill's provisions regarding international education programs.

      The amendment would direct the Education secretary to conduct research and studies that "contribute to a systematic understanding of our nation's international and foreign language education capacity, structures, and effectiveness in meeting the growing demand for foreign language skills."

      It also would direct the secretary to implement a competitive research and innovation grant program to fund the systematic development, collection, and analysis to improve international and foreign language education.

      It would establish the federal share of the grant to be no more than 66.66 percent unless waived by the secretary for minority-serving institutions.

      It would discontinue the current law Foreign Information Access Program and the International Research Studies Program.

      It would direct the secretary to make grants to eligible entities to establish an interdisciplinary global focus in the undergraduate and graduate curricula of business, science, technology, engineering and other professional education and technical training programs based on national needs.

      It would repeal the current assistance program for the Institute for International Public Policy.

      It also would authorize $125 million annually, adjusted for inflation starting in fiscal 2019, to carry out the provisions included in the amendment.

      Rejected 18-22.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Department of Homeland Security Recruiting
        Hunter, R-Calif. —

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would prohibit any institution funded in the bill from implementing policies that would prevent the secretary of Homeland Security from gaining access to campuses or students for the purpose of recruiting in a manner that is at least equal in quality and scope to the access provided to any other employer.

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would prohibit any institution funded in the bill from implementing policies that would prevent the secretary of Homeland Security from gaining access to campuses or students for the purpose of recruiting in a manner that is at least equal in quality and scope to the access provided to any other employer.

      Adopted by voice vote.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Harassment and Violence
        F. Wilson, D-Fla. —

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would express the sense of Congress that increased harassment and violence targeted at students because of their race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity should be condemned.

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would express the sense of Congress that increased harassment and violence targeted at students because of their race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity should be condemned.

      Rejected 17-23.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Secure Data on Students
        Hunter, R-Calif. —

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R- Ky., substitute amendment that would require the Education secretary, beginning no later than Oct. 1, 2019, and ending no later than Oct. 1, 2021, to establish a pilot program to develop and implement comprehensive, secure data system to collect statistical information on higher education.

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R- Ky., substitute amendment that would require the Education secretary, beginning no later than Oct. 1, 2019, and ending no later than Oct. 1, 2021, to establish a pilot program to develop and implement comprehensive, secure data system to collect statistical information on higher education.

      Withdrawn.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Foster and Homeless Youth
        Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill. —

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would direct the Education secretary to implement a grant program to improve access to, and success in, higher education for foster and homeless youth.

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would direct the Education secretary to implement a grant program to improve access to, and success in, higher education for foster and homeless youth.

      Rejected 17-23.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Plain Language Student Loan Disclosure Form
        Messer, R-Ind. —

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would require the Education secretary, within 24 months of the bill's enactment, to develop and issue a model student loan plain language disclosure form.

      The amendment also would require the secretary to include on the form information explaining the total costs of the loan, including the estimated monthly repayments.

      It also would require the borrower to acknowledge in writing that they have read the plain language disclosure form for their loan.

      It would require a report to Congress no later than three years after the bill's enactment, that includes a description of the methods and procedures used to develop the plain language disclosure form.

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would require the Education secretary, within 24 months of the bill's enactment, to develop and issue a model student loan plain language disclosure form.

      The amendment also would require the secretary to include on the form information explaining the total costs of the loan, including the estimated monthly repayments.

      It also would require the borrower to acknowledge in writing that they have read the plain language disclosure form for their loan.

      It would require a report to Congress no later than three years after the bill's enactment, that includes a description of the methods and procedures used to develop the plain language disclosure form.

      Adopted by voice vote.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Voter Registration Forms
        Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill. —

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky. substitute amendment that would strike language in the bill relating to the distribution of voter registration forms and replace it with language that would require entities participating in student aid programs to distribute voter registration forms and information to all students.

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky. substitute amendment that would strike language in the bill relating to the distribution of voter registration forms and replace it with language that would require entities participating in student aid programs to distribute voter registration forms and information to all students.

      Rejected 17-23.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Treasury Department
        Messer, R-Ind. —

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., amendment that would direct the Government Accountability Office to conduct a study on the impact of transferring the functions of the Office of Federal Student Aid from the Department of Education to the Treasury Department.

      The amendment also would require the completion of the study and a report to Congress, no later than two years after the bill's enactment.

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., amendment that would direct the Government Accountability Office to conduct a study on the impact of transferring the functions of the Office of Federal Student Aid from the Department of Education to the Treasury Department.

      The amendment also would require the completion of the study and a report to Congress, no later than two years after the bill's enactment.

      Adopted by voice vote.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Military Recruitment and Retention
        Bonamici, D-Ore. —

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would prohibit implementation of any provision in the legislation until the Department of Education's inspector general, in consultation with the inspector general of the Department of Veterans Affairs, certifies to Congress that the bill would not negatively affect Armed Forces recruitment.

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would prohibit implementation of any provision in the legislation until the Department of Education's inspector general, in consultation with the inspector general of the Department of Veterans Affairs, certifies to Congress that the bill would not negatively affect Armed Forces recruitment.

      Rejected 17-23.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Loan Forgiveness Applications
        Messer, R-Ind. —

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would require additional notification by the Education secretary for a borrower's defense loan forgiveness application, including deadlines and documents requests that will be taken by the secretary when processing the application.

      The amendment would require the secretary to process a submitted application and notify the borrower of the final determination in a manner that is timely and efficient.

      It also would require the secretary, within two years of the bill's enactment, to submit to Congress a report that includes the established policies and procedures for processing an application.

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would require additional notification by the Education secretary for a borrower's defense loan forgiveness application, including deadlines and documents requests that will be taken by the secretary when processing the application.

      The amendment would require the secretary to process a submitted application and notify the borrower of the final determination in a manner that is timely and efficient.

      It also would require the secretary, within two years of the bill's enactment, to submit to Congress a report that includes the established policies and procedures for processing an application.

      Adopted by voice vote.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Social Security Benefits
        Grijalva, D-Ariz. —

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., amendment that would prohibit the garnishment of Social Security benefits to pay any debt arising from the default of a student loan.

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., amendment that would prohibit the garnishment of Social Security benefits to pay any debt arising from the default of a student loan.

      Ruled not germane.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Veteran Student Centers
        Grijalva, D-Ariz. —

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would strike language that would repeal the GRAD program, which provides support and assistance to low-income students to improve secondary and post-secondary degree completion rates.

      The amendment also would authorize such sums as necessary, in fiscal 2017 through 2020, to establish a grant program to assist in the establishment, maintenance, improvement and operation of veteran student centers.

      It would bar the Education secretary from awarding more than thirty grants. It would allow grant funds to also be used to provide supportive services to student veterans.

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would strike language that would repeal the GRAD program, which provides support and assistance to low-income students to improve secondary and post-secondary degree completion rates.

      The amendment also would authorize such sums as necessary, in fiscal 2017 through 2020, to establish a grant program to assist in the establishment, maintenance, improvement and operation of veteran student centers.

      It would bar the Education secretary from awarding more than thirty grants. It would allow grant funds to also be used to provide supportive services to student veterans.

      Rejected 17-23.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Aid for Low-Income Students
        Bonamici, D-Ore. —

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would prohibit implementation of the legislation until the Government Accountability Office certifies to Congress that the bill would not decrease federal grant aid for low-income students or increase student loan debt for such students.

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would prohibit implementation of the legislation until the Government Accountability Office certifies to Congress that the bill would not decrease federal grant aid for low-income students or increase student loan debt for such students.

      Rejected by voice vote.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Fraud Against Veterans
        Bonamici, D-Ore. —

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would prohibit implementation of the legislation until the Department of Education's inspector general, in consultation with the inspector general of the Department of Veterans Affairs, certifies to Congress that the bill would not lead to an increase in fraud and abuse of veterans.

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would prohibit implementation of the legislation until the Department of Education's inspector general, in consultation with the inspector general of the Department of Veterans Affairs, certifies to Congress that the bill would not lead to an increase in fraud and abuse of veterans.

      Rejected 17-23.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Student Debt
        Bonamici, D-Ore. —

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would prohibit implementation of the legislation until the Government Accountability Office certifies to Congress that the bill would not increase the aggregate amount of student loan debt held by Americans.

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would prohibit implementation of the legislation until the Government Accountability Office certifies to Congress that the bill would not increase the aggregate amount of student loan debt held by Americans.

      Rejected 17-23.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Competency-Based Education Projects
        Polis, D-Colo. —

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would strike language in the bill defining institutions of higher education.

      The amendment also would authorize $5 million for the secretary of Education to select competency-based education demonstration projects.

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would strike language in the bill defining institutions of higher education.

      The amendment also would authorize $5 million for the secretary of Education to select competency-based education demonstration projects.

      Rejected by voice vote.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Release of Records
        Polis, D-Colo. —

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would allow institutions of higher education, with the consent of the student, to release their educational records to facilitate the award of a recognized post-secondary credential.

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would allow institutions of higher education, with the consent of the student, to release their educational records to facilitate the award of a recognized post-secondary credential.

      Adopted by voice vote.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Native American Students
        Polis, D-Colo. —

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would authorize $17.4 million annually for fiscal year 2019 through 2024, to allow the Education secretary to pay to any college an amount that equals the charges for tuition waived by the college for Native American Indian students for that period.

      The amendment also would prohibit any funds paid by the secretary for this purpose to supplant any federal or non-federal funds used for Indian education programs.

      Amendment to the Guthrie, R-Ky., substitute amendment that would authorize $17.4 million annually for fiscal year 2019 through 2024, to allow the Education secretary to pay to any college an amount that equals the charges for tuition waived by the college for Native American Indian students for that period.

      The amendment also would prohibit any funds paid by the secretary for this purpose to supplant any federal or non-federal funds used for Indian education programs.

      Rejected 18-22.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Substitute Amendment
      Guthrie, R-Ky. —

      Substitute amendment that would prohibit an institution that has a policy of allowing for the recognition of a single-sex social student organization from requiring the organization to admit as a member an individual who does not meet the organization's criteria for single-sex state.

      The amendment also would require the Education secretary, within two years of the bill's enactment, to complete a review of all data reporting requirements on institutions under the bill to determine which requirements are duplicative or no longer necessary.

      It also would direct the secretary to explore the feasibility of working with the National Student Clearinghouse to establish a third-party method to collect data.

      It would clarify that the secretary is not authorized to develop a nationwide database of personally identifiable information on individuals whose data may be collected by an institution or the Department of Education.

      It also would require the secretary, within 180 days of the bill's enactment, to submit to the authorizing committees a report on the Education department's efforts to detect and combat fraud in the income-driven loan repayment plans.

      As amended it also would:

      • authorize a new protected speech policy compliant process;
      • require the secretary to reduce the number of full-time equivalent employees at the Education Department equal to the number of employees who currently administer programs and projects that would be eliminated under the legislation;
      • include opioid abuse prevention in programs to reduce drug and alcohol abuse on college campuses; and
      • remove the Institution of Peace from programs that would be repealed under the bill.

      Substitute amendment that would prohibit an institution that has a policy of allowing for the recognition of a single-sex social student organization from requiring the organization to admit as a member an individual who does not meet the organization's criteria for single-sex state.

      The amendment also would require the Education secretary, within two years of the bill's enactment, to complete a review of all data reporting requirements on institutions under the bill to determine which requirements are duplicative or no longer necessary.

      It also would direct the secretary to explore the feasibility of working with the National Student Clearinghouse to establish a third-party method to collect data.

      It would clarify that the secretary is not authorized to develop a nationwide database of personally identifiable information on individuals whose data may be collected by an institution or the Department of Education.

      It also would require the secretary, within 180 days of the bill's enactment, to submit to the authorizing committees a report on the Education department's efforts to detect and combat fraud in the income-driven loan repayment plans.

      As amended it also would:

    • authorize a new protected speech policy compliant process;
    • require the secretary to reduce the number of full-time equivalent employees at the Education Department equal to the number of employees who currently administer programs and projects that would be eliminated under the legislation;
    • include opioid abuse prevention in programs to reduce drug and alcohol abuse on college campuses; and
    • remove the Institution of Peace from programs that would be repealed under the bill.
    • Adopted (as amended) by voice vote.

      Dec. 12, 2017 — Committee Vote: Federal Post-Secondary Education Programs — Vote to Report

      Reauthorize and revised the Higher Education Act programs from fiscal 2018 to fiscal 2024.

      The bill also would revise current law to provide a single definition of institutions of higher education eligible for federal grant and loans which would include for profit and proprietary schools and eliminates the 90-10 requirement for for-profit institutions.

      It would repeal a number of reporting requirements and regulations, including the definition of credit hour; the definition and application of gainful employment; and development of post-secondary institution ratings.

      It would establish free speech protections for students and faculty and require campus access for religious groups similar to other student organizations.

      It would require institutions to implement a program to prevent drug and alcohol abuse by students and faculty.

      It also would require the Education secretary to develop a college dashboard website with links to institutions as well as information on each institution.

      It would require campus climate surveys on sexual assault, to include the general climate of the campus regarding the institution's treatment of sexual assault. It also would allow each institution to establish the standard of evidence to be used in disciplinary hearings regarding sexual assault.

      It would require institutions to retain the services of qualified sexual assault survivors' counselors.

      It would repeal the Teacher Quality Enhancement grant program as well as all unfunded higher education programs.

      The bill also would create an apprenticeship grant program, capped at $1.5 million annually and require a 50 percent match.

      It would reauthorize the Pell grants program through fiscal 2024 and provide a $300 bonus for students who take more than a full-time credit load.

      It also would prohibit eligibility for Pell grants for students enrolled for at least three semesters who have not earned any credits.

      It would authorize $900 million annually for TRIO Programs; establish a 10 percent set-aside for new applicants that have not been previously funded; and, require a 20 percent match from the institution.

      It would define for purposes of funding, child care access to mean parents in school.

      It also would repeal Academic Competitive Grants; Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants; Leveraging Educational Assistance Grants; and Byrd Honors Scholarships. The bill also would sunset TEACH Grants on June 30, 2018.

      The legislation would eliminate loan cancellation provisions for teachers under the Perkins Loan Program.

      It also would authorize $1.722 billion annually for the federal work study program; strike the community service set aside; reduce the federal share of work study funds; and eliminate eligibility for work study for graduate students.

      It would terminate the Federal Direct Loan Program and create a new ONE Loan program for unsubsidized and undergraduate student loans starting on July 1, 2019. It also would establish new loan limits and interest rates.

      It would eliminate all loan repayment plans and create new income-based repayment plan.

      The bill also would require the secretary to develop a new mobile-optimized, simplified Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.

      It would repeal the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship program and the Thurgood Marshall Legal Educational Opportunity program.

      It would repeal the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) which provides grants to support innovative programs to improve education outcomes.

      It also would eliminate the public service loan forgiveness program.

      Reauthorize and revised the Higher Education Act programs from fiscal 2018 to fiscal 2024.

      The bill also would revise current law to provide a single definition of institutions of higher education eligible for federal grant and loans which would include for profit and proprietary schools and eliminates the 90-10 requirement for for-profit institutions.

      It would repeal a number of reporting requirements and regulations, including the definition of credit hour; the definition and application of gainful employment; and development of post-secondary institution ratings.

      It would establish free speech protections for students and faculty and require campus access for religious groups similar to other student organizations.

      It would require institutions to implement a program to prevent drug and alcohol abuse by students and faculty.

      It also would require the Education secretary to develop a college dashboard website with links to institutions as well as information on each institution.

      It would require campus climate surveys on sexual assault, to include the general climate of the campus regarding the institution's treatment of sexual assault. It also would allow each institution to establish the standard of evidence to be used in disciplinary hearings regarding sexual assault.

      It would require institutions to retain the services of qualified sexual assault survivors' counselors.

      It would repeal the Teacher Quality Enhancement grant program as well as all unfunded higher education programs.

      The bill also would create an apprenticeship grant program, capped at $1.5 million annually and require a 50 percent match.

      It would reauthorize the Pell grants program through fiscal 2024 and provide a $300 bonus for students who take more than a full-time credit load.

      It also would prohibit eligibility for Pell grants for students enrolled for at least three semesters who have not earned any credits.

      It would authorize $900 million annually for TRIO Programs; establish a 10 percent set-aside for new applicants that have not been previously funded; and, require a 20 percent match from the institution.

      It would define for purposes of funding, child care access to mean parents in school.

      It also would repeal Academic Competitive Grants; Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants; Leveraging Educational Assistance Grants; and Byrd Honors Scholarships. The bill also would sunset TEACH Grants on June 30, 2018.

      The legislation would eliminate loan cancellation provisions for teachers under the Perkins Loan Program.

      It also would authorize $1.722 billion annually for the federal work study program; strike the community service set aside; reduce the federal share of work study funds; and eliminate eligibility for work study for graduate students.

      It would terminate the Federal Direct Loan Program and create a new ONE Loan program for unsubsidized and undergraduate student loans starting on July 1, 2019. It also would establish new loan limits and interest rates.

      It would eliminate all loan repayment plans and create new income-based repayment plan.

      The bill also would require the secretary to develop a new mobile-optimized, simplified Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.

      It would repeal the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship program and the Thurgood Marshall Legal Educational Opportunity program.

      It would repeal the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) which provides grants to support innovative programs to improve education outcomes.

      It also would eliminate the public service loan forgiveness program.

      Ordered reported favorably to the full House (as amended) 23-17.

  • Dec. 1, 2017 — Original cosponsor(s): 1

    Guthrie, (R-Ky.)
  • Dec. 1, 2017 — Read twice and referred to: House Education and the Workforce.Congressional Record p. H9597

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