Congress/legislation

After the State of the Union

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Colleges applaud Bush effort to boost basic research, but await details on which agencies will gain -- and which might lose.

A Grilling for Spellings

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Education secretary faces tough questioning from Senate appropriators on Bush budget for student aid and other programs.

The House's New Higher Ed Chief

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Last week, Rep. Ric Keller (R-Fla.) was named by the new chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, Rep. Howard P. (Buck) McKeon, to replace McKeon as head of the panel's Subcommittee on 21st Century Competitiveness, which is primarily responsible for dealing with higher education issues.

Big Vote on the U.S. Budget

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Senate to consider $7 billion increase for education and health programs after rejecting bid to add $6.3 billion for Pell and voc ed.

Rare Budget Win for Colleges

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Senate backs $7 billion increase in funds available for education and health spending -- mainly to undo previous cuts.

Homecoming on Capitol Hill

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2 former House aides, including top Bush administration official, to return to lead education committee staff.

Fleshing Out the New Financial Aid Programs

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Education Department defines what students must do to qualify for Academic Competitiveness and SMART Grants.

Senatorial Peer Review

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Lawmakers tell NSF what it should and shouldn't fund -- and question some grants (without bothering to talk to the researchers involved).

Colleges Wait for the Next Tax Bill

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Legislation Congress prepares to pass is stripped of provisions that could help -- and hurt -- higher education.

Free For All

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With expanded federal funding for embryonic stem cell research off the table, institutions are finding their own way.

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