As things move quickly in Washington, DC, NACUBO is your constant advocate in action. NACUBO On Your Side covers important legislative and agency activity NACUBO staff are tracking, what we’re currently advocating for, and how you can take action with us.
Here are the issues we are tracking and advocating for this week.
On the Hill
Congress Moves Forward with Additional Relief Bill
Following successful efforts by Congressional Democrats to overcome procedural hurdles to crafting legislation built on President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan, multiple committees in the House of Representatives have moved forward with the work of allocating nearly $2 trillion in additional COVID-19 relief aid. Colleges and universities currently stand to receive an additional $40 billion in aid via the legislation and, although the allocation logistics are still being finalized, it appears that the formula likely will be similar to last December’s Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. While the legislation is still in draft form and must also be approved in the Senate, the Democratic majority in Congress makes it likely that the package will be passed in less than a month. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has indicated that it is the intention of Democratic leaders to pass the bill before March 14, when some expanded unemployment benefits will expire. NACUBO will continue advocating for the priorities of colleges and universities in the legislation as it nears finalization.
Comprehensive Immigration Reform Legislation Introduced
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA) introduced President Joe Biden’s comprehensive immigration reform legislation, the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, in the Senate and House, respectively, on February 18. The bill is unlikely to receive the 60 votes it needs in the Senate to avoid filibuster attemps to prevent its passage, but it does outline significant provisions that would make the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program permanent, create a path to citizenship for Dreamers, clear employment-based visa backlogs, eliminate per-country visa caps, and make it easier for international students who graduate with STEM doctorates to stay in the country.. Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Lindsay Graham (R-SC) introduced the Dream Act of 2021, which focuses exclusively on protecting Dreamers and creating a path to their citizenship, and which may have a higher likelihood of passage.
EDUCAUSE Releases Information Security Report
EDUCAUSE, the association representing higher education information technology professionals, has released a new report on emerging trends in technology and how they relate to trends in teaching and learning. The report also discusses the intersection of these trends and the need for increased information security, as well as what the information security landscape could look like in the future.
Send Your Questions for NACUBO’s Next Legislative Lunchcast
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