TASFAA Governmental Relations Update
Government Shut Down Avoided
The Senate passed a short-term Continuing Resolution Wednesday that allows the federal government to remain open through December 11, 2015. During the interim, budget talks will continue regarding a two-year budget deal that is desired. Due to the current differences between the two parties and the Presidential election in 2016, it would not be surprising to end up with another short-term continuing resolution that goes through the November elections.
Federal Perkins Loan Program in Wind-Down
The Senate did not extend the Federal Perkins Loan Program yesterday, which ended the federal fiscal year. Although the House of Representatives passed a one-year extension on a voice, consent vote last week, the unanimous consent vote was blocked by Senator Alexander, who chairs the Senate HELP Committee. The USDE provided the guidelines for the wind-down of the Federal Perkins Loan Program in a Dear Colleague Letter (GEN-15-03) published January 30, 2015. Additionally, the Department of Education provided wind-down Questions and Answers regarding the Perkins Program on the Campus-Based Processing Information page on the IFAP website.
Submitted by Ron Gambill
TASFAA Governmental Relations Committee