IT’S ‘MINIBUS’ WEEK: The House is gearing up to vote on a partisan “minibus,” a package of spending bills that includes the Labor-HHS-Education title, H.R. 2740 (116). The Rules Committee meets today to kick the process off and, likely beginning tomorrow, it will wade through the dozens of amendments lawmakers hope to tack onto the spending bill, which is unlikely to win support from Republicans. Here’s a rundown of some of what’s been proposed:
— A couple amendments are aimed at the for-profit sector, including one by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) that would ban for-profit colleges from using federal money for marketing and recruitment activities — something Democrats have long sought to do.
— Another measure, by Rep. Donna Shalala (D-Fla.), would prevent DeVos from reinstating an accreditation agency’s credentials “after they have been found to repeatedly accredit proprietary institutions that have defrauded students” — likely a swipe at DeVos’ move in November to give the controversial Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools another year to come into compliance with two federal standards the Trump administration said it failed to meet.