NOTE: In observance of the holiday season, EducationCounsel will not publish the next E-Update until Monday, January 4.
On December 17, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) delivered separate remarks on the Senate floor to discuss the current state of negotiations on a next pandemic relief package. Both leaders expressed optimism that a final package could be reached and said they would ensure that the Senate does not recess until a deal is finalized. Relatedly, on December 20, it was announced that a final deal was reached and Congress would vote on the package on December 21.
On December 16, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will hear arguments in the spring regarding an appeal filed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and one of its member conferences of a lower court decision, which found the group’s limits on player compensation violate antitrust law.
On December 15, POLITICO reported the career officials at the U.S. Department of Education (USED) who will serve in acting roles until incoming appointees are confirmed by the Senate. […]