June 2023 Legislative Letter 📜 NAGPS

June 2023 Legislative Letter 📜 NAGPS


June 2023 Legislative Letter 📜 NAGPS

June 5, 2023

In this thread:

Updates in Higher Education

The Executive Branch

Department of Education

Debt Relief


Mental Health

The Legislative Branch

118th Congress

Who’s on the hill?

Debt Relief







State Legislatures


The Judicial Branch

Litigation: The Supreme Court

Debt Forgiveness

Related News

Relevant Reads

Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice

The State of Higher Education

Higher Education Policy

Reports and Presentations



House Republicans pass a resolution overturning President Biden’s Student Loan Forgiveness Plan and voiding the current pause for student loan payments and interest. Although the Supreme Court will likely issue a decision on student loan debt relief this summer, the GOP-led House argued that student debt relief is unfair to individuals who do not have student loans.



Debt Relief

There have been Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) approvals of over $42 billion set to take effect July 2023. There has also been a simplification of the process in which borrowers can now apply online without the need of a wet signature. See here for more details on where all of the $42 billion goes.


The Department of Education and NASA signed a “memorandum of understanding” this past month to strengthen partnerships and education for STEM and space students.

Mental Health

As ever, the Biden-Harris administration is focused on improving mental health in all students K-12, university, graduate and post-graduate. The Education Department is fully on board and has proposed new rules under the IDEA program for K-12. Check back for updates in higher education.



Who’s on the hill?

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce: Oversees all educational programs and provides policies in Education, Human Services and Workforce.

The Committee on Science and Space Technology: Oversees all civilian energy, astronautical, aviation, marine, weather, and science etc. research and development, as well as the laws, programs and policies connected to them.

The Budget Committee: Oversees aggregate levels of spending, revenue, surplus or deficit and public debt. Otherwise known as ‘the power of the purse’.

Debt Relief

Senators and Representatives signed two separate amicus briefs, Final Senators’ Amicus Brief and Final Representatives’ Amicus Brief, to block loan forgiveness. Click this link for more information.



H.Res.110 – 118th Congress (2023-2024): Supporting the goals and ideals of “Career and Technical Education Month”. | Congress.gov | Library of Congress

Summary: Resolution to support and celebrate career and technical education across the U.S.

Actions: Introduced in the House, referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. 8 FEB 23.

H.R. 302

H.R.302 – 118th Congress (2023-2024): To direct the Secretary of Energy to provide financial assistance to graduate students and postdoctoral researchers pursuing certain courses of study relating to cybersecurity and energy infrastructure, and for other purposes. | Congress.gov | Library of Congress

Summary: Requires the Department of Energy (DOE) to establish an Energy Cybersecurity University Leadership Program to provide financial assistance, research experience, and training experience to graduate students and researchers studying cybersecurity competencies within energy infrastructure needs.

Actions: Passed the House, received in the Senate, and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. 7 FEB 23.


H.R.751 – 118th Congress (2023-2024): To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require as a condition of satisfying the definition of an approved medical residency training program for purposes of payments under Medicare for costs related to graduate medical education for hospitals operating such a program to submit information to encourage more equitable treatment of osteopathic and allopathic candidates in the residency application and review process, and for other purposes. | Congress.gov | Library of Congress

Summary: Hospitals may use some of their Medicare payments for residency and training programs, specifically for their osteopathic and allopathic sections and candidates.

Actions: Introduced in the House. Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned. 2 FEB 23.


S.136 – 118th Congress (2023-2024): ISA Student Protection Act of 2023 | Congress.gov | Library of Congress

Summary: To provide a consumer protection framework necessary to support the growth of accessible, affordable, and accountable financing options for postsecondary education, and for other purposes.

Actions: Introduced in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Finance. 30 JAN 23.


H.R.322 – 118th Congress (2023-2024): Educational Opportunity and Success Act of 2023 | Congress.gov | Library of Congress

Summary: To modify the Federal TRIO programs, raising the minimum grant budget and adjusting the language of the Higher Education Act of 1965

Actions: Introduced in the House, referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. 12 JAN 23.



A new law has been passed that gives the State Board of Governors more power over Florida public universities, changes hiring practices that would allow universities to remove diversity and inclusion statements, as well as allows a professor’s tenure to be called into question at any time.

A link to the law can be found here.

It also forces public universities to remove Gender Studies, Critical Race Theory, and Intersectionality degrees and prohibits allocating funding to university programs that support these causes and ideas.

Many other states have started this process with their own bills or pushed laws through quietly, most times copying verbatim the new Florida Law. The list of other states and their bills is as such, updated as frequently as possible:






South Carolina




Debt Forgiveness

Currently, the Supreme Court has blocked student loan forgiveness as they hear two cases: Biden v. Nebraska and Department of Education v. Brown.

As of the 28th of February 2023, the Supreme Court is pending adjudication on both cases. For more information, please click this link.

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