The New Congress and Higher Ed

Republicans maintained control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate in Tuesday’s election as Donald Trump was elected president — shocking Democrats who expected to win the presidency if not the upper chamber of Congress as well.

However, leaders of both parties have said that a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act will be a top priority in the next Congress and will provide an opportunity to tackle a host of policy issues affecting postsecondary education. Senators Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Patty Murray of Washington — the senior Republican and Democrat, respectively, on the Senate education committee — will both return to the upper chamber after Murray easily won her re-election bid.

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