[NCL Members] Budget Day Update

David Rosen djrosen123 at gmail.com
Tue Feb 9 17:24:18 EST 2016

I agree — at a time when standards are rising how can programs meet them without more federal and state resources?

David J. Rosen
djrosen123 at gmail.com

> On Feb 9, 2016, at 5:09 PM, Judy.mortrude at gmail.com <judy.mortrude at gmail.com> wrote:
> I agree. This continues to separate the "core" programs from their "unified" work. 
> Judy Mortrude
> On Feb 9, 2016, at 4:57 PM, Jackie Taylor <jackie at jataylor.net <mailto:jackie at jataylor.net>> wrote:
>> It is unfortunate that the budget indicates funding core DOL WIOA programs at authorized levels but level funds AE state grants. It’s as if adult education is not viewed as an equal “core” program at the WIOA table.
>> Jackie
>> From: Members [mailto:members-bounces at lists.national-coalition-literacy.org <mailto:members-bounces at lists.national-coalition-literacy.org>] On Behalf Of Jeff Carter
>> Sent: Tuesday, February 9, 2016 3:29 PM
>> To: National Coalition for Literacy Members List
>> Subject: Re: [NCL Members] Budget Day Update
>> I finally got a working link to the Department of Education budget summary.
>> http://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/budget/budget17/summary/17summary.pdf <http://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/budget/budget17/summary/17summary.pdf>
>> One correction to Joel’s email (a rare goof): The President has in fact once again proposed an increase to the Adult Education National Leadership money (from $13.7 to $24.7), while (once again) freezing the state grants.
>> Jeff
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>> On Feb 9, 2016, at 1:53 PM, Jeff Carter <jcarter at literacypolicy.org <mailto:jcarter at literacypolicy.org>> wrote:
>> Here’s what Joel Packer has on the President’s budget proposal so far.
>> Note that according to Joel, adult basic and literacy education State grant adult education national leadership activities are both level-funded at their FY16 levels.
>> Jeff
>> Begin forwarded message:
>> From: Joel Packer <jpacker at cef.org <mailto:jpacker at cef.org>>
>> Subject: Budget Day Update
>> Date: February 9, 2016 at 12:38:55 PM EST
>> To: Joel Packer <jpacker at cef.org <mailto:jpacker at cef.org>>
>> 1.    FY 2017 Budget: OMB has posted the President’s FY 2017 Budget <https://www.whitehouse.gov/omb>.  Also see:
>> ·         The President's Budget: Agency Fact Sheets <https://click.mail.whitehouse.gov/?qs=b1e55ff5d055165c070a43de85fb1f5fd1fb4ced38cf34d1fb7ce053e97459c11884170216786823>
>> ·         The President's Budget: Fact Sheets on Key Issues <https://click.mail.whitehouse.gov/?qs=b1e55ff5d055165c45af6eabea2faa26e595bdebecda8d2e45ff3ebefa949390129040ab79da35d2>
>> ED has posted these:
>> ·         The President’s Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Request: Supporting Teachers and School Leaders for Student Success <http://links.govdelivery.com/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTYwMjA5LjU0OTYwMjExJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE2MDIwOS41NDk2MDIxMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NjA1NzU5JmVtYWlsaWQ9SnBhY2tlckByYWJlbmdyb3VwLmNvbSZ1c2VyaWQ9SnBhY2tlckByYWJlbmdyb3VwLmNvbSZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&&&103&&&http://blog.ed.gov/2016/02/the-presidents-fiscal-year-2017-budget-request-supporting-teachers-and-school-leaders-for-student-success-3/?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=>
>> ·         The Fiscal Year 2017 Budget: Promoting Greater Use of Evidence and Data as a Lever for Advancing Equity <http://links.govdelivery.com/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTYwMjA5LjU0OTU5OTcxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE2MDIwOS41NDk1OTk3MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NjA1NzU4JmVtYWlsaWQ9SnBhY2tlckByYWJlbmdyb3VwLmNvbSZ1c2VyaWQ9SnBhY2tlckByYWJlbmdyb3VwLmNvbSZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&&&103&&&http://blog.ed.gov/2016/02/the-fiscal-year-2017-budget-promoting-greater-use-of-evidence-and-data-as-a-lever-for-advancing-equity-2/?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=>
>> ·         The FY 2017 Budget Request for Education Aims to Increase College Access, Affordability, and Completion <http://blog.ed.gov/2016/02/the-fy-2017-budget-request-for-education-aims-to-increase-college-access-affordability-and-completion-4/>
>> ·          
>> Without the Department of Education’s more detailed materials, we can't yet tell everything about education funding. Here is what we know:
>> Sequester/cap issues:
>> ·         The BBA provides a critical increase in discretionary funding for 2016 and 2017, including nearly two-thirds of the sequestration relief for 2017 that the President called for in the 2016 Budget. The 2017 Budget builds on the achievements secured for 2016 and adheres to the agreement’s discretionary funding levels. Still, not fully replacing sequestration in 2017 has consequences, including hindering the ability to make needed investments that are critical to building durable economic growth in the future and maintaining America’s edge as the leader in innovation and cutting-edge science. For that reason, the Budget includes a series of investments using mandatory funding that will help maintain preeminence in science and engineering, support jobs and economic growth, expand opportunity, and ensure that we continue to demonstrate economic leadership for decades to come.
>> ·         The Budget also recognizes that without further congressional action, sequestration will return in full in 2018, threatening the economy. That is why the Budget once again proposes to end sequestration and replace the savings by cutting inefficient spending and closing tax loopholes. Reversing sequestration would allow domestic and security investments needed to help move the Nation forward.
>> Programs outside of ED:
>> ·         $9.6 billion for HHS’s Head Start program.  This funding level, a $434 million increase, includes a total of $645 million for the Administration’s Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships. y care and education for infants and toddlers. The Budget also builds on the nearly $300 million investment made in 2016 to increase the number of children attending Head Start in a full school day and year program, which research shows is more effective than programs of shorter duration and also helps meet the needs of working parents. The Budget continues funding for those programs that expand their full day and full year offerings with 2016 resources, and provides an additional $292 million to enable more programs to expand their full day and full year programs. 
>> ·         A seven percent increase in National Institutes of Health funding
>> ·         Preschool Development Grants (now in HHS) = $350 million (+$100 million, +40%)
>> New ED programs:
>> ·         The Stronger Together initiative would make $120 million in voluntary competitive grants available to school districts or consortia of school districts that are interested in exploring ways to foster socioeconomic diversity through a robust process of parental, educator and community engagement, and data analysis; and to school districts and consortia of school districts that already have set goals and developed strategies and are ready to begin implementation.
>> ·         $100 million for a new discretionary Computer Science for All Development Grants program for school districts, which would promote innovative strategies to provide high-quality instruction and other learning opportunities in computer science.
>> ·         $10 million for a new “Teach to Lead grants to build on the promising work begun through the Department’s “Teach to Lead” convenings. The proposal would provide direct support to teachers that develop innovative reforms with the potential for wider impact on improving student outcomes.”
>> ·         $125 million for the proposed new Teacher and Principal Pathways program “for grants to institutions of higher education and nonprofit organizations, working closely with school districts, to create or expand high-quality pathways into the teaching profession, particularly into high-needs schools and high-need subjects such as science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).”
>> ·         $75 million for the American Technical Training Fund (ATTF).
>> ·         Next generation high schools = $80 million
>> ·         $30 million for a new HBCU and Minority-serving institution innovation for completion fund
>> ESSA programs:
>> ·         Title I = $15.36 billion.  That is a freeze at the combined FY 16 Title I and SIG appropriations. ESSA eliminated SIG, but increased the State school improvement set-aide from 4% to 7% from each state’s Title I allocation.
>> ·         Title I Migrant is frozen
>> ·         Title I Neglected and delinquent is frozen
>> ·         Impact Aid total is frozen. Facilities maintenance is increased by $67 million, while funding for Payments for Federal property is eliminated (-$67 million)
>> ·         Supporting effective instruction State grants = $2.25 billion, a cut of $100 million form the previous Teacher quality State grants
>> ·         21st century community learning center = $1 billion (-$167 million cut)
>> ·         Education for homeless children and youths = $85 million (+$15 million)
>> ·         Native Hawaiians education and Alaska Native education are both frozen
>> ·         Comprehensive centers = $55 million (+$4 million)
>> ·         Literacy = $190 million same as FY 16 Striving Readers
>> ·         Innovative approaches to literacy = $27 million
>> ·         Student Support and Academic Enrichment block grant = $500 million, with a proposal to allow States to make the grants to LEAs on a competitive basis and raise the minimum grant to $50,000.
>> ·         Education, Innovation, and Research = $180 million.  An increase of $60 million (+50%) compared to I3.
>> ·         State Assessments = $403 million (+$25 million, +6.6%)
>> ·         Charter School Grants = $350 million (+$17 million, +5.1%)
>> ·         Magnet Schools Assistance = $115 million (+$18 million, +18.6%)
>> ·         School safety national activities = $90 million same as FY 2016
>> ·         Promise Neighborhoods = $128 million (+$55 million, +75.3%)
>> ·         Full service community schools = $10 million
>> ·         Ready to learn = $26 million same as FY 2016
>> ·         Arts in education = $27 million same as FY 2016
>> ·         Javits gifted and talented education = $12 million same as FY 2016
>> ·         American history and civics academies = $2 million same as FY 2016
>> ·         STEM master teacher corps = $10 million
>> ·         Teacher and School Leader Incentive Program = $250 million.  This is an increase of $20 million (+8.7%) over the current Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) program.
>> ·         Supporting Effective Educator Development = $100 (+$6 million, +6.4% over the amount now provided via the Title II set-aside)
>> ·         School Leader Recruitment and Support = $30 million.  This is an increase of $13.6 million (+81.9%) over the current School Leadership program
>> ·         Rural Education is frozen.
>> ·         English Language Acquisition grants = $800 million (+$63 million, +8.5%)
>> ·         Indian Education
>> o   Grants to local educational agencies is frozen at $100 million
>> o   Special programs for Indian children =$68 million (+$30 million) This $30 million increase is to the Native Youth Community Projects at ED to support community-driven, comprehensive strategies to improve college- and career-readiness of Native youth.
>> o   National activities = $7 million, a freeze
>> IDEA:
>> ·         State grants are frozen at $11.913 billion
>> ·         Preschool grants = $403 million (+$35 million)
>> ·         Grants for infants and families = $504 million (+$45 million)
>> ·         State personnel development is frozen at $42 million
>> ·         Technical assistance and dissemination = $54 million (+$10 million)
>> ·         Personnel preparation is frozen at $84 million
>> ·         Parent information centers is frozen at $27 million
>> ·         Educational technology, media, and materials is frozen at $30 million
>> ·         Special Olympics education program is frozen at $10 million
>> Career, Technical and Adult Education
>> ·         CTE State grants are frozen. There appears to be $72 million for funding for a Career and Technical Education Innovation Fund competition for grants to support the development and operation of innovative, evidence-based job training programs in high-demand fields that provide a path to the middle class for low-income individuals
>> ·         Career and technical education national programs are frozen
>> ·         Adult basic and literacy education State grant are frozen
>> ·         Adult education national leadership activities are frozen
>> Higher Education:
>> ·         the Budget proposes to make several reforms to the Pell Grant program:
>> o   First, it would reinstate year-round Pell Grant eligibility with total Pell aid limited to 150 percent of a student's regular Pell Grant award, ensuring that students can accelerate their studies and enter the workforce on time. Students will now be eligible for a third semester of Pell during an academic year if they have already completed a full-time course load of 24 credits.
>> o   Second, it would provide a $300 Pell bonus award to recipients who take 15 credits per semester, and are enrolled in 30 semester hours (or the equivalent) of coursework during an award year, to encourage more students to complete their degrees on-time. This feature will be treated as discretionary and funded through annual appropriations and carry over funding. The bonus will effectively raise the maximum grant level for students who take 15 credits, but will not impact the calculation of the Pell maximum award.
>> o   Third, to help reduce recidivism, it will lift the restriction on providing Pell Grants to individuals incarcerated in Federal or State penal institutions.
>> o   Fourth, it will strengthen academic progress requirements in the Pell Grant program in order to encourage students to complete their studies on time.
>> o   Fifth, it would prevent additional Pell disbursements to recipients who repeatedly enroll and obtain aid but do not earn any academic credits.
>> o   Sixth, the Budget would move Iraq Afghanistan Service Grants to the Pell Grant program so eligible students receive the full, non-sequestered Pell award. Seventh,
>> o   and finally, the Budget proposes eliminating questions related to assets, non-IRS untaxed income, non-IRS income exclusions, and other income adjustments, which have been shown to confuse students
>> o   The Budget also extends the inflationary increase to the maximum Pell grant award, which is scheduled to end after the 2017–2018 award year
>> ·         Work Study and SEOG are both frozen.
>> ·         First in the World = $100 million (+$100 million)
>> ·         TRIO base is frozen
>> ·         GEAR UP is frozen.
>> ·         HEP/CAMP = $45 million, a freeze at FY 2016
>> ·         Teacher quality partnership is eliminated and consolidated ion the new Teacher and principal pathways
>> ·         These are frozen:
>> o   Graduate assistance in areas of national need
>> o   Child care access means parents in school
>> IES:
>> ·         Research, Development, and Dissemination = $210 million (+$14 million)
>> ·         Statistics = $125 million (+$13 million)
>> ·         Regional educational laboratories are frozen at $54 million
>> ·         National Assessment and NAGB are both frozen
>> ·         Research in special education is frozen
>> ·         State Longitudinal Data Systems = $81 million (+$46.5 million)
>> ·         Special education studies and evaluations = $13 million (+$2 million)
>> Mandatory funded proposals:
>> ·         Reauthorize Secure Rural Schools (in USDA) = $581 million over ten years
>> ·         Support Preschool for All   = $$66 billion over ten years
>> ·         Enact RESPECT: Best Job in the World = $1 billion over five years
>> ·         Create Computer Science for All = $4 billion over ten years
>> ·         Fund America’s College Promise, including grants to Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and other Minority-Serving Institutions = $60.8 billion over ten years
>> This would provide funding to support community colleges, as well as four-year Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other Minority-Serving Institutions, that undertake a set of reforms to improve the quality of their programs of study. The funding provided under ACP will offset tuition—fully in community colleges—before the application of Pell grants or student loans. This would allow students who qualify for Pell grants to use financial aid to cover additional costs, such as academic supplies and living expenses.
>> ·         Enact Pell completion and reform policies = $2.635 billion over ten years
>> ·         Shift mandatory funds to support Pell policies = $2.635 billion in savings over ten years
>> ·         Extend Pell CPI increase = $33.3 billion over ten years
>> ·         Implement College Opportunity and Graduation Bonus Program = $5.7 billion over ten years
>> For schools that ensure that a large share of students receiving Pell Grants finish their degrees and to schools that improve their performance on this important metric of success.
>> ·         Reform student loan Income-Based Repayment plans = $48.9 billion in savings over ten years
>> ·         Reform teacher loan forgiveness benefit = $1.7 billion over ten years
>> ·         Limit Federal revenue to 85 percent of total revenue at for-profit universities (loan effects) = $14 million of savings over ten years
>> ·         Reform and expand Perkins loan program = $4.6 billion in savings over ten years
>> ·         The Budget invests $12 billion over 10 years to create a permanent Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children program that would provide all families with children eligible for free and reduced price school meals access to supplemental food benefits during the summer months.
>> Tax Proposals
>> ·         Provide Community College Partnership Tax Credit = $4.9 billion over ten years
>> The Budget also proposes a new tax credit to encourage businesses to invest in strengthening community college programs. While many regions face a shortage of skilled workers, community colleges providing training for in-demand fields often lack the needed regular investments in up-to-date equipment and highly-skilled instructors to meet the needs of employers and students. Under this proposal, businesses that help community colleges fill in these investment gaps would be eligible for up to $5,000 for each graduate they hire.
>> ·         The Budget would streamline and expand education tax benefits by: 1) consolidating the Lifetime Learning Credit into an expanded AOTC; 2) exempting Pell Grants from taxation and the AOTC calculation; and 3) eliminating tax on student loan debt forgiveness, while repealing the complicated student loan interest deduction for new borrowers.
>> 2.    FY 2017 Budget Resolution: House Republicans still seem to be struggling over building enough support to pass a FY 2017 Budget resolution.  See: Win or Lose, Ryan Will Bear Budget Burden <https://www.nationaljournal.com/s/617298?mref=dashboard-free&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=26052702&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9b8qlqt9fCHXyQKaKcslrgBm1iqFpayyCIGpZ-pQO6wn36OhjBOkza03wZ9LEHUGWPSLBN4H-tiMef2mbwonBqZ3oE9g&_hsmi=26052702>(“Speaker Paul Ry­an made his name with aggressive GOP budgets. Now, he is at risk of becoming the first Republican speaker this decade to fail to pass a House spending blue­print… Ry­an is fa­cing widen­ing op­pos­i­tion in his con­fer­ence to a $1.070 tril­lion fisc­al 2017 budget, a num­ber set by the Oc­to­ber deal. Lead­ers be­lieve that passing any­thing lower would renege on the deal and severely jeop­ard­ize their goal of re­turn­ing the ap­pro­pri­ations pro­cess to reg­u­lar or­der.”)
>> 3.    CEF Membership: All CEF members must submit a 2016 membership form to renew your membership in CEF. Please fill out the 2016 form <http://cef.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/2016-membership-packet.pdf> and email it back to Broderick Johnson <mailto:bjohnson at rabengroup.com> by February 16 (February 15 is a holiday, so we extended the deadline).  Please fill out the entire form – we need the information for the 2016 CEF Directory.  Once we get your form, you’ll receive an invoice for your dues from Danny Cabrera. Thanks to those who already filed your form.
>> CEF’s Day After briefing: Please join us tomorrow, Wednesday, February 10 for our Day After Budget Briefing, from 1-3 PM in 192 Dirksen.  No RSVP needed. Please note, there is no food allowed in that room. 
>> Our panelists will be: 
>> Chuck Kieffer, Democratic Staff Director, Senate Appropriations Committee
>> Jennifer Cama, Majority Staff, House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee
>> Mike Gentile, Majority Staff, Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee
>> ·         Mary Cassell, Education Branch Chief, OMB
>> Unfortunately, David Pomerantz, Minority Staff Director, House Appropriations Committee, will be unable to join us. 
>> 5.    Save the Date: CEF Membership Briefing: What Advocates Need to Know about the Federal Regulatory Process
>> When: Friday, February 19 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
>> (CEF members can arrive at 9:00 a.m. for networking and social time)
>> Where: College Board, 1919 M St, NW, 3rd Floor, Thurgood Marshall Conference Room, Washington, DC
>> Speakers:
>> ·         Barmak Nassirian, Director of Federal Relations and Policy Analysis, American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)
>> ·         Amit Narang, Regulatory Policy Advocate, Public Citizen
>> ·         Susan Inman, Special Advisor to the Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Education
>> 6.    Last Call for 302(b) Letter: Sign On by Feb 12 to Support Increased Labor, HHS, Education & Related Agencies Allocation: SPREAD THE WORD! FORWARD TO YOUR FRIENDS AND AFFILIATES –
>> 4 Days Left to Sign Letter in Support of Increased Funding for Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations
>> Click here to see the letter <https://www.luminpdf.com/viewer/CJuwbg9cWrT2z8pb6/?sk=5ca5594b-c9ff-4cac-92fa-a60e6c903338>—being circulated throughout the health, education, child development, social services, and workforce communities—urging appropriators to allocate as high a funding level as possible to the Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee for fiscal year (FY) 2017. 
>> For your reference, attached is a list of signers as of this morning.
>> TO SIGN, CLICK HERE BY COB FEBRUARY 12, 2016 <https://docs.google.com/forms/d/17tjXbT_0FsLhhqThv3xy2umG9hRhns6hW9mqDQiXmWc/viewform>
>> 7.    NDD United Town Hall: Budget Bonanza!: Featuring Michael Deich, Senior Advisor for Budget, Office of Management and Budget and Fiscal policy experts from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
>> February 17, 2016
>> 10:00 – 11:30 am
>> National Education Association
>> 1201 16th St NW, Main Auditorium
>> RSVP HERE! <https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1xtHE3SxanKEUDmD-QsxuyO1lGyqW0zkkIXQBRm3Sv80/formResponse>
>> Note: Call-In Capability Unavailable
>> February is budget month! During this timely NDD United Town Hall, Mr. Deich will discuss the President’s budget request and experts from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) will share more information about the congressional budget resolution and potential threats to nondefense discretionary programs therein. CBPP will also share more about what we might expect from the fiscal 2017 appropriations process. There will be ample opportunity for Q&A with guest speakers.
>> Come one come all! Please feel free to share this invitation with your colleagues.
>> 8.    You're Invited! NDD United "Raise the Caps" Reception 2.0: The weather can’t keep us down! On behalf of the NDD United Steering Committee, please join us for our rescheduled celebration of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015:
>> NDD United “I Helped Raise the Caps” Reception
>> Thursday, February 25, 2016
>> 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
>> 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building
>> Please RSVP here <https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1cuZZZ8bJMXQJamQwWc_Gm5VXwSxQRapmGAk7FnxOmxc/viewform?usp=send_form>!
>> Note: we are collecting a fresh list of RSVPs for the February 25 event. So please RSVP if you plan to attend even if you already RSVP’d for the snowed-out January event!
>> Thank you again for your continued support of NDD United! I hope to see you there.
>> 9.    ESSA Hearing: The Education and Workforce Committee’s Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education will hold this hearing tomorrow: “Next Steps for K-12 Education: Implementing the Promise to Restore State and Local Control <http://edworkforce.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=400160>”. 
>> Witness List :
>> ·         Ms. Joy Hofmeister, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Oklahoma State Department of Education, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
>> ·         Dr. Paul “Vic” Wilson, Superintendent, Hartselle City Schools, Hartselle, Alabama
>> ·         Ms. Selene A. Almazan, Esq., Legal Director, Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc., Towson, Maryland
>> ·         Mr. Kent D. Talbert, Attorney at Law, Law Office of Kent D. Talbert, PLLC, Washington, D.C.
>> 10. House Republican Task Forces: As we heard at CEF Friday from ted McCann from the Speaker’s Office, “House Republican leaders … announced <http://www.speaker.gov/press-release/house-republicans-announce-task-forces-develop-bold-pro-growth-agenda> the formation of six committee-led task forces charged with developing a bold, pro-growth agenda that will be presented to the country in the months ahead.  The one of most interest to CEF members is this one:
>> Poverty, Opportunity, and Upward Mobility
>> Members:
>> ·         Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX)
>> ·         Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-GA)
>> ·         Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN)
>> ·         Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX)
>> ·         Ways & Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX)
>> Goal: Strengthen our safety net and reform educational programs to make them more effective and accountable, help people move from welfare to work, and empower productive lives. 
>> 11. CRS Reports: The following CRS reports were recently released:
>> ·         Higher Education Tax Benefits: Brief Overview and Budgetary Effects <https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B19p6j32JwToQTZXTVluZF9fVU0>
>> ·         Federal Pell Grant Program of the Higher Education Act: How the Program Works and Recent Legislative Changes <https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B19p6j32JwToNWYxd09HQUJTZms>
>> ·         Programs for Minority-Serving Institutions Under the Higher Education Act <https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B19p6j32JwTodHljMWVYYUNJYTA>
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