DC Digest – June 6, 2017

In Today’s Issue:
  • Duke Climate Commitment
  • Congress to Work on FY18
  • DeVos Testifies in Senate
  • Higher Ed Regulations

DUKE REAFFIRMS CLIMATE COMMITMENT

Duke University recently reaffirmed its commitment to the American Campuses Act of Climate Pledge which was co-signed by 318 other peer universities in 2015.

The pledge “affirm[s] our commitment to accelerate the global transition to low-carbon energy while enhancing sustainable and resilient practices on our campuses.”

In the Winter of Our Commitment

CONGRESS TO WORK ON FY18 

Congress has returned from recess this week and is continuing its work on FY18 appropriations bills despite not having produced a budget resolution with topline spending levels.

DEVOS RETURNS TO THE SENATE

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos once again spoke on Capitol Hill today where she testified about the Trump administration’s budget proposal, which cuts more than 13 percent from the Education Department. 

Return of the jEDi

CRUNCH TIME FOR DECISIONS ON HIGHER ED REGS

With Education Secretary Betsy DeVos back on Capitol Hill today some of the biggest action from her agency this month will be on the regulatory front. The Education Department is up against a July 1 deadline to take action on a major Obama-era rule that affects colleges and universities.

Borrower, Where Art Thou

The borrower defense to repayment package of regulations, which include new standards for debt relief for defrauded student loan borrowers, expanded powers for Education Department regulators seeking to go after troubled schools and a ban on mandatory arbitration agreements at colleges — are set to take effect on July 1.

DeVos last month told Congress that she was “studying carefully” how to proceed with the regulations and would “have something further to say on that within the next few weeks.”