NAICU Washington Update

Senators Urge Repeal of State Authorization, Credit Hour Definition

July 13, 2011

Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) have introduced legislation (S. 1297) to repeal the state authorization and credit hour definition provisions - part of the program integrity regulations that went into effect July 1.  To date, 11 members of the Senate have signed on to the bill. 

The Senate measure is identical to House legislation (H.R. 2117) introduced last month by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.).  (See 6/14/11 Washington Update)  The House bill was approved by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce by a vote of 27 to 11, with five Democrats joining the committee Republicans in supporting the measure.  A date for consideration by the full House has not yet been set.

NAICU strongly supports this legislation and has asked member presidents to encourage their senators and representatives to cosponsor it.

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