The US House and Senate have resolved most of the issues that are part of the bill that will fund the government through the end of the fiscal year –the so-called continuing resolution — but we understand that one of the issues that is NOT yet resolved is whether to include in the final package the John Kline/Alcee Hastings amendment that passed the House overwhelmingly that would delay further Department of Education steps on the gainful employment regulation until the end of this federal fiscal year on September 30.
Members and staff are meeting over the weekend to finalize the details of the continuing resolution. They need to do so this weekend so it can be released Monday or Tuesday in preparation for the House and Senate to vote on the bill later in the week. Last night the House and Senate passed another short term funding bill so the government did not have to shutdown, but they still need to pass and the President needs to sign the continuing resolution by the end of this coming week.
Therefore, we encourage you TODAY and throughout this weekend to contact the offices of your Congressman/Senators urging them to support inclusion of the Kline/Hastings amendment in the final package. In particular, if you have a relationship with the following key Congressional leaders — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Appropriations Committee Ranking Republican Thad Cochran (R-MS), House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY), House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), or House Appropriations Committee Ranking Democrat Norm Dicks (D-WA) — please make a special effort to reach those Members. Because it is a weekend, it will be hard to reach Members, we know. The main Capitol number is 202-224-3121 and direct office numbers and fax numbers are available at www.house.gov and www.senate.gov. As for their District or state telephone numbers, you can obtain those from the above websites or your local directory assistance.
Harris N. Miller,
President and CEO, APSCU