H.Res. 741: H.R. 609 - College Access and Opportunity Act of 2005

COMMITTEE ACTION: REPORTED BY VOICE VOTE on Tuesday March 28, 2006. 
FLOOR ACTION: ADOPTED BY THE YEAS AND NAYS 225-198, on Friday March 29, 2006.

MANAGERS: BISHOP/MATSUI

109th Congress
2nd Session

H.RES. 741

[Report No. 109-399]

 

 

H.R. 609 - College Access and Opportunity Act of 2005

1. Structured rule.

2. Provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce.

3. Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill.

4. Provides that in lieu of the amendment recommended by the Committee on Education and the Workforce now printed in the bill, the amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of the Rules Committee Print dated March 22, 2006 shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment and shall be considered as read.

5. Waives all points of order against that amendment in the nature of a substitute.

6. Makes in order only those amendments printed in the Rules Committee report accompanying the resolution.

7. Provides that the amendments printed in the report may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the House or in the Committee of the Whole.

8. Waives all points of order against the amendments printed in the report.

9. Provides that, after disposition of the amendments printed in the report, the Committee of the Whole shall rise without motion and no further consideration of the bill shall be in order except by a subsequent order of the House.

 

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RESOLUTION

Resolved, That at any time after the adoption of this resolution the Speaker may, pursuant to clause 2(b) of rule XVIII, declare the House resolved into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for consideration of the bill (H.R. 609) to amend and extend the Higher Education Act of 1965. The first reading of the bill shall be dispensed with. All points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. General debate shall be confined to the bill and shall not exceed one hour equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce. After general debate the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. In lieu of the amendment recommended by the Committee on Education and the Workforce now printed in the bill, it shall be in order to consider as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of the Rules Committee Print dated March 22, 2006. That amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be considered as read. All points of order against that amendment in the nature of a substitute are waived. Notwithstanding clause 11 of rule XVIII, no amendment to that amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be in order except those printed in the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution. Each such amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the House or in the Committee of the Whole. All points of order against such amendments are waived. After disposition of the amendments printed in the report of the Committee on Rules, the Committee of the Whole shall rise without motion. No further consideration of the bill shall be in order except pursuant to a subsequent order of the House.

 

SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS MADE IN ORDER
(summaries derived from information provided by sponsors)

1. McKeon (CA) #1:
Makes many technical changes that will reword certain phrases or make changes to ensure that our bill conforms to language currently included in the Higher Education Act. In addition, the Manager’s Amendment updates all the reauthorization years to begin in fiscal year 2007 (and authorizes for the 5 succeeding years). Additional policy changes are:
Title I -Modifies the College Cost provisions to streamline and reduce unnecessary reporting requirements.
Title III - Adds three postsecondary institutions to the list of named institutions authorized to participate in Historically Black Graduate Institutions programs. Provide for a minimum grant of $500,000 for Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities.
Title IV - Retains current law for the Campus-Based Aid formula and adds a GAO study of the current allocation formula. Retains current law for the TRIO programs formula, adds a GAO study of the current allocation formula, and modifies the TRIO accountability provisions.
Provides for coordination of issues important to foster care youth within the TRIO and GEAR UP programs.
Clarifies the obligations of accrediting agencies when making accreditation determinations. Includes a study of distance education programs and practices. Enhances coordination within programs to better serve foster care students. Clarifies the States as accreditors provisions to ensure that institutions continue to choose who they want to be accredited by and that a state cannot require an institution to be accredited by that state. Requires student loan lenders to work with institutions of higher education and any student loan servicers contracting with that institution to prevent student loan borrowers from defaulting. Allows the Secretary to reserve funds within the High School Equivalency Program/ College Assistance Migrant Program for technical assistance activities. Clarifies treatments of the US territories for purposes of eligibility for student financial aid. Provides assistance for high achieving, low income students in programs that ease the transition from high school to college. Clarifies that the definition of rigorous curriculum is determined by the state public school officials or school officials for each non-public school, including home schools.
Title VI - Allows Fund for Improvement of Postsecondary Education activities to support anti- piracy efforts on college campuses.
Title IX - Part A- Education of the Deaf Act. Makes technical edits Part B – Additional Education Laws. Strikes repeal of a study on female participation in intercollegiate athletics. Conforms authorization of the Campus Violence Grants by deleting the HEA authority as these programs are now authorized under VAWA. (10 minutes)

2. Blumenauer (OR)/Wu (OR)/Ehlers (MI) #28: Directs the Secretary of Education, representatives of Federal Agencies, businesses and industry leaders to focus on establishing administrative and educational sustainability programs, share innovative ideas, and explore funding opportunities and partnerships. (10 minutes)

3. Burton (IN) #1: Amends the Higher Education Act of 1965 to require colleges and universities, if receiving funds under Title VI International Education Programs of that Act, to disclose contributions and gifts under the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, a publicly available and searchable database. (10 minutes)

4. Boustany (LA) /Andrews (NJ) #12:
Requires a study by GAO to evaluate and determine reasons for the decline in the number of medical school graduates entering residency programs lasting more than 5 years.
(10 minutes)

5. Boustany (LA)/Andrews (NJ) #13:
Amends Sec. 421 – Loan Forgiveness for Service in Areas of National Need to include medical specialists with a residency program of more than 5 years and in medical specialties that have shortages.(10 minutes)

6. Castle (DE)/Osborne (NE)/Ford (TN)/Regula (OH)/Van Hollen (MD) #57:
Authorizes funding to recruit, select, train and support a national corps of outstanding recent college graduates of all academic majors who commit to teach in low-income communities. An example of a national teacher corps eligible for this funding is Teach For America. (10 minutes)

7. Cuellar (TX) #84:
Ensures that student financial aid programs are in compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1965. (10 minutes)

8. Cuellar (TX) #85:
Ensures that students in certification programs are eligible to receive Pell grants. (10 minutes)

9. Fossella (NY) #77:
Directs the Department of Education to make a matching grant program to eligible universities for the professional installation of fire alarm detection systems and other fire prevention technologies. Applies to student housing, dormitories and other buildings controlled by such entities. (10 minutes)

10. Hart (PA) #54:
Establishes and operates pregnant and parenting student services offices to assist students in locating and utilizing child care, family housing, flexible academic scheduling such as telecommuting programs and parenting classes and programs, and post-partum counseling and support groups. (10 minutes)

11. Musgrave (CO) #92:
Includes all home school children as eligible applicants for the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program. (10 minutes)

12. Porter (NV)/Renzi (AZ)/Andrews (NJ) #79:
Expands loan relief in areas of national need to include qualified public service employees. (10 minutes)

13. Sessions (TX) #5:
Allows students with intellectual disabilities (mental retardation) access to Federal work-study funds for enrollment in comprehensive post-secondary education programs that improve students’ academic and personal skills, independence, and employability. Currently, approximately 94 higher education institutions nationwide offer programs for students with intellectual disabilities. However, these students are not able to access Federal work-study funds due to disqualifying factors such as the absence of a high school diploma or enrollment in non-degree education programs. Federal work-study funds to these students would be dispersed from current work-study resources and implemented at the discretion of higher education institutions. Additionally, this amendment would not create a new Federal program and therefore requires no cost to the Federal government. (10 minutes)

14. Wilson (NM)#11:
Provides authority for Mathematics and Science Education Coordinating Councils to support regional workshops designed to permit educators, administrators responsible for professional development and curriculum development, and faculty of teacher preparation programs to share successful research based strategies for improving student achievement in mathematics and science instruction in elementary and secondary schools. (10 minutes)

15. McMorris (WA)/Holt (NJ) /Dreier (CA) #94:
Adds uses of funds to Title II (Teacher Quality Enhancement Grants) to increase the number of teachers qualified to teach Advanced Placement (AP) courses; Adds uses of funds to the current law Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program to authorize adjunct teacher opportunities and critical foreign language activities. (20 minutes)

 

TEXT OF THE AMENDMENTS

 

1. McKeon (CA) #1

2. Blumenauer (OR)/Wu (OR)/Ehlers (MI) #28

3. Burton (IN) #1

4. Boustany (LA) /Andrews (NJ) #12

5.Boustany (LA)/Andrews (NJ) #13

6. Castle (DE)/Osborne (NE)/Ford (TN)/Regula (OH)/Van Hollen (MD) #57

7. Cuellar (TX) #84

8. Cuellar (TX) #85

9. Fossella (NY) #77

10. Hart (PA) #54

11. Musgrave (CO) #92

12. Porter (NV)/Renzi (AZ)/Andrews (NJ) #79

13. Sessions (TX) #5

14. Wilson (NM)#11

15. McMorris (WA)/Holt (NJ) /Dreier (CA) #94