White House Balks at Senate's Education Spending Bill

July 10, 2015

The Obama administration has expressed a slew of concerns about the Senate's version of the 2016 spending bill for the Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Labor, including that it would redirect funds away from the Pell Grant program and block enforcement of the administration's gainful employment rules. The Statement of Administration Policy stops short of threatening a veto at this stage of the process, but it warns that the legislation -- which the chamber's Appropriations Committee passed last month -- contains "ideological provisions" that threaten to undermine the appropriations process.

The bill would increase spending for the National Institutes of Health, but slash spending on workforce training and AmeriCorps and block the Obama administration from implementing regulations relating to gainful employment for vocational programs and its college rating system.

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