Inside Higher Ed
June 29th, 2015
Both congressional appropriations committees approved legislation
last week that would set spending levels for the nation's health,
education and workforce programs, setting up likely showdowns with the
Obama administration over budgets for some programs and policy
initiatives that congressional Republicans want to stop.
The policy battles could trump any deliberations over the spending
levels, as the Obama administration is likely to go to the mat over its
efforts -- now backed by two federal courts -- to require vocational
programs at for-profit and other colleges to prove that they provide
"gainful employment" to their graduates.
The spending bills passed by both the House and Senate Appropriations
Committees last week would block the gainful employment rule and a
series of other regulatory efforts that the Obama Education Department
has undertaken, but the administration has invested so much time and
energy in the gainful rule that it is almost certain to fight any
attempt to undermine it.