Week of June 19, 2017
· This week, both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate are in session for legislative business. While neither chamber is expected to consider student financial aid-related legislation, the House will consider H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, which would reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act that provides funds to states, community colleges, and high schools to improve and promote career and technical education programs.
· On Tuesday starting at 8:30 a.m., the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Gallup, and the American Institutes for Research (with the support of Strada Education Network) host an event to highlight their “Launch My Career” tool. Launch My Career, a state-specific consumer information resource for traditional and nontraditional students, was launched in 2016 to provide program-level outcomes information. The event will highlight how to use the tool to help students identify personally and professionally satisfying career pathways, as well as how the education and business communities can work together to promote these pathways for students. Participants in the event include: Cheryl Oldham, Senior Vice President, Center for Education and Workforce, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation; Mark Schneider, Vice President and Institute Fellow, American Institutes for Research, and President, College Measures; Brandon Busteed, Executive Director, Education and Workforce Development, Gallup; Amelia Bozeman, Executive Director, Business Education Partnership Foundation; Laura Chrisco, Director of Design and Implementation for Texas OnCourse, University of Texas at Austin; Kim Clark, Senior Writer, Money Magazine; Paul Fain, News Editor, Inside Higher Ed; and Robin Wise, President and Chief Executive Officer, Junior Achievement - Rocky Mountain, Inc.
· On Tuesday at 10:00 a.m., the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) hosts a discussion titled, “Promoting Affordability and Accountability in the U.S. Higher Education System.” The discussion will focus on how states, institutions of higher education, and the federal government can work to promote affordability and accountability. Participants include: The Honorable Tim Scott (R-SC); Sheila Bair, Former President, Washington College, and Former Chair, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Mitch Daniels, President, Purdue University, and Former Governor, State of Indiana; Dr. Mariko Silver, President, Bennington College; Dr. Alisa White, President, Austin Peay State University; and moderator Kimberly Hefling, Senior Education Writer, Politico.
· On Tuesday at 10:00 a.m., the Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing entitled, “Free Speech 101: The Assault on the First Amendment on College Campuses.” Witnesses include: Zachary Wood, Student, Williams College; Frederick Lawrence, Secretary and Chief Executive Officer, Phi Beta Kappa Society; Isaac Smith, Student, University of Cincinnati College of Law; Dr. Fanta Aw, Interim Vice President of Campus Life, American University; Professor Eugene Volokh, Gary T. Schwartz Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California Los Angeles School of Law; Richard Cohen, President, Southern Poverty Law Center; and Floyd Abrams, Senior Counsel, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP.
· On Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., the Brookings Institution hosts a discussion titled, “The Lamppost Theory: Why Economic Policy So Often Comes up Short.” The event will discuss what politicians and economists can learn from each other, and what this all means for the prospects for tax reform in 2017. Participants include: Alan Blinder, Visiting Fellow, Brookings Institution; Former Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA); Vin Weber, Partner, Mercury, LLC; and moderator David Wessel, Director, the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy.
· On Tuesday at 12:45 p.m., House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) delivers his first major speech on tax reform during an address at the National Association of Manufacturers 2017 Manufacturing Summit: The Resilience of the American Economy. Following his speech, Speaker Ryan will participate in a question and answer session.
· On Tuesday at 2:30 p.m., the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government holds a hearing on the Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Witnesses include: The Honorable Ajit Pai, Chairman, FCC; The Honorable Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner, FCC; and The Honorable Michael O’Rielly, Commissioner, FCC.
· On Wednesday at 10:00 a.m., the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee considers the nominations of Russell Vought to serve as the Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Neomi Rao to serve as the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at OMB.
· On Wednesday at 2:00 p.m., the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government holds a hearing on the Fiscal Year 2018 budget request for the Office of Management and Budget. The sole witness will be The Honorable Mick Mulvaney, Director, OMB.
· On Thursday at 10:00 a.m., the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) hosts a public event on student loan servicing at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. The event will feature remarks from CFPB Director Richard Cordray and North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein.
· On Thursday at 10:00 a.m., the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee holds a hearing entitled, “Fostering Economic Growth: Regulator Perspective.” Witnesses include: The Honorable Jerome Powell, Member, Federal Reserve System Board of Governors; The Honorable Martin Gruenberg, Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; The Honorable Mark McWatters, Acting Chairman, National Credit Union Administration; Keith Noreika, Acting Comptroller, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency; and Charles Cooper, Commissioner, Texas Department of Banking, on behalf of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors.
· On Thursday at 1:30 p.m., Education Secretary Betsy DeVos delivers remarks at an event hosted by the National Archives titled, “National Conversation on Rights and Justice: Building a More Perfect Union.” The Secretary will speak during a session regarding “Enlightened and Engaged: Education for Democracy?”
· On Friday at 2:15 p.m., Federal Reserve Board of Governors Member Jerome Powell gives a speech titled “Central Clearing and Liquidity” at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Symposium on Central Clearing in Chicago, IL.
This information is shared by SASFAA's Legislative Affairs' Committee and NCHER.