House committee backs increases for NSF and NASA; Senate panel sets level funds for NEH and NEA.
Money is tight in House spending plan for education programs and NIH, but panel reverses most cuts proposed by Bush administration.
Teacher education programs, blasted in recent years, seek to show that they're changing and welcome accountability.
A House panel approves bills on graduate and international education, beginning formal work on the massive federal law.
Appropriations Committee endorses $50 increase in Pell maximum and minuscule boost for NIH.
In passing spending measure for student aid and NIH, lawmakers approve permanent end to lender loophole.
NEH would receive $143 million and NEA $131 million in 2006, up $5 million each.
U.S. House rejects amendment that would have undermined year-old Treasury Department rules.
Republican leader proposes giving borrowers a choice of fixed or variable interest rates, but plan offers few details.
House GOP leaders and Bush administration agree to end 9.5% rate for some loans -- belatedly, Democrats say.
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