On March 18, the White House released the Administration’s priorities for the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA).
On March 21, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) encouraging institutions of higher education to “promote open, intellectually engaging, and diverse debate.” The EO also calls for USED to add program-level outcomes data to the College Scorecard and to produce a report examining policy options for the idea of risk sharing on student-loan debt.
On March 22, Senate Republicans released their FY2020 Senate Budget Resolution. The Senate Budget Committee will meet to consider its budget resolution on March 27 and March 28.
Budget & Appropriations:
Senate Budget Committee Releases a Budget Resolution: Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) released a five-year budget plan to rein in deficit spending, which maintains the spending caps as required under current law. Under the budget resolution, spending caps would be reduced to $576 billion for defense spending and $542 billion for nondefense spending as required under current law. However, according to an overview of the budget resolution, “the [fiscal year (FY)] 2020 budget resolution […]