Putting the 'Lame' in Lame Duck Session

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There is no shortage of higher education issues on Congress's agenda, chief among them renewal of the Higher Education Act, the law that governs most federal student aid and other college programs, and the possible extension of several higher education tax breaks.

But as lawmakers get back to business this week for what little remains of the 109th Congress, it seems increasingly likely that they will do as little as possible, focusing almost exclusively on the spending bills needed to keep the federal government operating.

From Bad to Worse

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New Democratic approach to 2007 budget probably dooms boosts in science spending and Pell funds -- and wipes out earmarks.

A Vote for Embryonic Stem Cell Research

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U.S. House passes bill to overturn ban on federal funding for promising, controversial studies -- but veto expected.

Better Way to Boost College Going?

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Subsidy to bolster health of all high schoolers would do more than extra tuition aid to lift educational outcomes, study finds.

A Pleasant Budget Surprise

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Democratic plan for 2007 would increase maximum Pell Grant by $260 and provide $620 million in new funds for biomedical research.

Upping the Ante on Pell Grants

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White House proposes increasing maximum award to $4,600 in 2008 -- but may seek to finance rise with cuts to other student programs.

The Bush Budget, 2008

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Administration's spending blueprint would increase Pell Grants -- by cutting lender profits and other aid programs.

A Focus on the Physical Sciences

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President continues to push for increased spending for NSF and Energy Dept. research, shortchanging NIH, science advocates complain.

On the Offensive

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Stung by criticism, Education Department officials strongly defend Pell Grant plan and challenge data colleges have used to attack it.

Scrutinizing a Sallie Mae Stock Deal

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Lender's chairman sold 400,000 shares days before U.S. budget plan sent the price plummeting. Lawmakers ask what happened.


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