Legislation to Close Loophole in GI Bill College Aid Dies in Minutes

Career College Central Summary:

  • U.S. Rep. John Kline of Minnesota, the Republican chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, quashed the bill by ruling it nongermane to the topic of financial aid being discussed at his July 10 hearing.
  • Kline receives more campaign funds than any other member of Congress from the parent company of the University of Phoenix, a for-profit education giant. In an email, Kline’s spokesman, Brian Newell, said the $48,100 in contributions from the Apollo Education Group since 2011 did not influence the congressman’s decision.
  • “Rep. Kline has long championed policies that encourage a diverse higher education system, and it’s not surprising that organizations that share his views offer their support,” Newell said.
  • Davis and Rep. Mark Takano, a Democrat from Riverside, California, then tried to attach a change to the 90/10 rule to a broader bill on higher education. As soon as they finished speaking, Kline ruled the amendment out of order. A party-line 20-13 vote sealed its fate.

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