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Chairman Alexander Proposes Higher Education Priorities

Monday, February 11, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jamie Anderson

In a push to start bipartisan negotiations, Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee laid out a proposal to reauthorize the Higher Education Act. The Chairman said that he would like to pass a bill in the Senate this summer to replace the nation’s higher education law. The timing would give senators the opportunity to negotiate with the Democrat-controlled House and send a bill to the President’s desk “so that we can produce a present for 20 million college students and their families by Christmas," Alexander said. Among Alexander’s key priorities are simplifying federal student aid; implementing an income-based re-payment plan; creating greater access to Pell Grants; and expanding competency-based education programs. After meeting with Alexander this week, HELP Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) said she is "pleased Senator Alexander is making the Higher Education Act a priority this year."

Learn more about Alexander’s HEA plan.

Read COPAA’s Higher Education Act priorities.

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