A Democratic-Controlled Senate ‘Will Change Everything’ but ‘Guarantee Nothing’ for Higher Ed

“Julie Peller, executive director of Higher Learning Advocates, a bipartisan group that advocates for policies to improve student success, said that reconciliation is a possibility for some policy and spending changes, but the rules around that legislation also have strict limits. No new programs can be created, so that would probably rule out spending for a free-college program, she said.

And Democrats will have to deal with rules that require spending increases to be offset by cuts in other areas, she said. ‘So a broad package that includes student-loan forgiveness, for example, may be difficult to achieve through reconciliation,’ Peller said, ‘unless those rules are sidestepped or spending cuts are found and agreed to.”

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