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Week of June 18, 2018

  • This week, both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate are in session for legislative business. However, neither chamber is expected to consider student financial aid-related legislation.

  • Today at 12:00 p.m., The Heritage Foundation released its Blueprint for Balance – a detailed policy agenda for Congress to balance the budget “without raising taxes, ensure a strong national defense, and protect individual liberty and economic freedom.” The event was livestreamed from The Heritage Foundation’s website.

  •  On Tuesday beginning at 8:30 a.m., The Pew Charitable Trust hosts a half-day event titled, “Student Loan Repayment: Who Is Struggling and What Are the Next Steps?” Experts will discuss which borrowers are most at risk for delinquency and default, what research is needed to address tough questions, and where policymakers should focus their efforts. Participants include: Adam Looney, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution; Joanna Darcus, Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation Racial Justice Fellow, National Consumer Law Center; Debra Chromy, President, Education Finance Council; Cheryl Oldham, Vice President of Education Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; James Kvaal, President, The Institute for College Access and Success; Josh Mitchell, Reporter, The Wall Street Journal; Matthew Chingos, Director, Urban Institute; Julie Margetta Morgan, Fellow, Roosevelt Institute; Scott Miller, Senior Vice President and Director of Federal Relations, Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency; and Daniel Madzelan, Vice President for Government Relations, American Council on Education. The event will be livestreamed on the Pew website.

  • On Tuesday at 11:00 a.m., the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government meets in executive session to consider its fiscal year 2019 appropriations bill.

  •  On Tuesday at 11:00 a.m., the American Enterprise Institute holds an event titled, “Assessing the Administrative State: A Conversation with Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Administrator Neomi Rao.” During the event Ms. Rao will discuss the future of regulatory reform in the Trump Administration.

  • On Tuesday at 2:00 p.m., NCHER holds its Monthly Membership Call, which will provide a summary of the June 4, 2018 meeting of the Board of Directors; a summary and updates on major items being worked on by our committees, caucuses, and working groups; and a Washington Update, including recent legislative and regulatory actions by Congress, the White House, the Department of Education, the Department of Treasury, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the Federal Communications Commission. Note: The call-in number has been circulated to each organization’s primary point of contact.

  • On Wednesday at 10:00 a.m., the House Appropriations Committee meets in executive session to consider the Fiscal Year 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act.

  • On Wednesday at 10:00 a.m., the House Financial Services Committee holds a hearing entitled, “Empowering a Pro-Growth Economy by Cutting Taxes and Regulatory Red Tape.” Witnesses include: Karen Kerrigan, President and Chief Executive Officer, Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council; Lori Miles-Olund, President and Chief Executive Officer, Miles Fiberglass and Composites; Ford Sasser, President and Chief Executive Officer, Rio Bank; Damon Silvers, Policy Director and Special Counsel, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations; and Paul Schott Stevens, President and Chief Executive Officer, Investment Company Institute. The hearing will be livestreamed from the committee’s website.

  •  On Wednesday at 10:00 a.m., the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee holds a hearing to consider the nomination of Geoffrey Adam Starks of Kansas to be a member of the Federal Communications Commission.

  •  On Wednesday at 12:30 p.m., the House Budget Committee meets in executive session to consider the budget resolution for fiscal year 2019, which is the budget blueprint that lays out tax and spending priorities over the next year. The committee consideration of the resolution is expected to take place on both Wednesday and Thursday.

  • On Wednesday starting at 1:00 p.m., the College Savings Foundation holds an event titled, “A Summit on the Future of Education, Responding to Evolving Workforce Needs.” Speakers include: Jeff Selingo, Editor-at-Large, Chronicle of Higher Education; and Dr. Meredith Woo, President, Sweet Briar College. For details and to register, visit the event website.

  •  On Thursday at 10:00 a.m., the House Financial Services Committee holds a hearing titled, “Oversight of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).” The sole witness will be: The Honorable Jay Clayton, Chairman, SEC.

  •  On Thursday at 10:30 a.m., the Senate Appropriations Committee meets in executive session to consider its Fiscal Year 2019 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act.

  • On Friday at 12:30 p.m., the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) holds a Compliance Workshop on “MSRB Rule G-17: Making Disclosures to Issuers.” During the workshop, MSRB staff will conduct an in-depth discussion about key provisions of MSRB Rule G-17 on Conduct of Municipal Securities and Municipal Advisory Activities related to making disclosures to issuers. This workshop will follow a question-and-answer format based on questions and suggestions from regulated entities and other stakeholders.

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