With elections looming, Congress has turned its attention from health care to the economy, offering bills that would pump $23-billion into state education budgets and allow struggling debtors to discharge their private student loans in bankruptcy. Meanwhile, the Senate will take up a financial-reform bill this week that could increase federal scrutiny of private student loans.
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Kelly Field, The Chronicle’s chief Washington reporter, and Sara Hebel, politics editor, spend a minute (or so) each week discussing the key higher-education debates and behind-the-scenes maneuvering taking place in the nation’s capital. Look for new episodes every Tuesday.