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Select Examples of NCHER’s Advocacy Work (Grouped by Issue Area)

  • Developed and distributed position papers on the organization’s advocacy priorities during the NCHER 2017 Legislative Conference.
  • Met with Republican and Democratic leadership and staff on the House Education and the Workforce Committee and the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee in support of the membership’s legislative priorities to reform the Higher Education Act.
  • Letter to Trump Transition Team in support of reviewing a number of Obama Administration items within the first 100 days.
  • Provided questions to the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee for use during the hearing on the confirmation of Betsy DeVos to serve as the new Secretary of Education.
  • Letter to House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee in support of maintaining and improving tax-exempt financing in any tax reform package moving through Congress.
  • Letter to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady providing comment on the Tax Reform Task Force’s “A Better Way: Our Vision for a Confident America.”
  • Met with the FCC, including its Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau and the five Commissioners, the White House Office of Management and Budget, and the U.S. Department of Education on the implementation of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, which amended the TCPA to allow autodialer calls to cell phones of certain borrowers.
  • Letter to the FCC in response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comments on its proposal to restrict or limit the number and duration of calls made to a cell phone for the purpose of collecting a debt owed to or guaranteed by the United States.
  • Letter to the FCC replying to the comments filed by various organizations regarding the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comments on its proposal to restrict or limit the number and duration of calls made to a cell phone for the purpose of collecting a debt owed to or guaranteed by the United States.
  • Letter to the FCC endorsing the petition for reconsideration filed by the Student Loan Servicing Alliance and the Title VI Additional Servicers regarding its final rules implementing the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015.
  • Letter to the FCC replying to the comments filed by the National Consumer Law Center on the petition for reconsideration filed by the Student Loan Servicing Alliance and the Title VI Additional Servicers regarding its final rules implementing the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015.
  • Letter to the FCC in opposition to the petition seeking a rulemaking and declaratory ruling reversing the Commission’s long-standing policy on prior express consent.
  • Testified before the California Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee in opposition to Assembly Bill 2251, the Student Loan Servicing Act, which licenses student loan servicers.
  • Letter to the California Senate Standing Committee on Appropriations in opposition to Assembly Bill 2251, the Student Loan Servicing Act, which licenses student loan servicers.
  • Letter to California Governor Jerry Brown urging him to veto Assembly Bill 2251, the Student Loan Servicing Act, which licenses student loan servicers.
  • Letter to New York State Assembly and Senate raising concerns with the Governor’s budget proposal to license student loan servicers.
  • Letter to the Illinois State Senate raising concerns with Senate Bill 1351, the Student Loan Servicing Rights Act, which authorizes the licensing of student loan servicers.
  • Letter to the CFPB providing comments on its information collection titled, “Student Loan Servicing Market Monitoring.”
  • Letter to the CFPB providing comments on its proposed rule relating to the disclosure of supervisory records and information.
  • Submitted testimony for the record before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education in support of the organization’s priorities for inclusion in the fiscal year 2018 appropriations bill.
  • Letter to the House Appropriations Committee and Senate Appropriations Committee in support of language promoting small business contracting opportunities.
  • Letter to the House Appropriations Committee and Senate Appropriations Committee in support of extending the authority for Account Maintenance Fees past September 30, 2017 and other important items in the
    Department of Education’s FFELP Wind-Down report.
  • Letter to the House Appropriations Committee and Senate Appropriations Committee in support of reviewing the procurement for federal student loan servicing and other important items impacting student loan servicing.
  • Letter to the House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee in support of clarifying tax-exempt financing of refunding bonds and the applicability of changes to the TCPA and Federal Family Education Loan Program loans.
  • Letter to Reps. Randy Hultgren, David Scott, and Luke Messer endorsing H.R. 1283, the Transparency in Student Lending Act.
  • Letter to Sen. Michael Enzi endorsing S. 749, the Transparency in Student Lending Act.
  • Letter to Sens. Chris Coons, Rob Portman, and Angus King endorsing S. 405, the Stop Taxing Death and Disability Act.
  • Letter to Reps. Peter Roskam, Ron Kind, Ryan Costello, and Chellie Pingree endorsing H.R. 1659, the Stop Taxing Death and Disability Act.
  • Letter to the House Education and the Workforce Committee endorsing H.R. 3178, the Strengthening Transparency in Higher Education Act, H.R. 3179, the Empowering Students Through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act, and H.R. 5528, the Simplifying the Application for Student Aid Act.
  • Letter to the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Treasury, and the Internal Revenue Service urging the agencies to consider proposals for automatic renewal of income-driven repayment plans.
  • Letter to the U.S. Department of Education providing comments on the 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
  • Filed a declaration in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in United Student Aid Funds v. King regarding guaranty agency practices used in assessing collection costs.
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