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September 8, 2007

Conference Report - H.R. 2669: College Cost Reduction Act of 2007

H.R. 2669: College Cost Reduction Act of 2007

Debate, Amendments (GovTrack, Thomas)

Previous Votes: House, Senate, All Votes

Conference Report: 110-317 (in Congressional Record H10168-10181)
The House Rules Committee has posted the text of the conference report.

Senate Action:

Passed 79-12

Student Loan Bill Heads to House for Final Action
Legislation that would make the most sweeping changes to federal student aid programs in more than a decade moved within a step of final congressional action Friday morning.

The Senate by a 79-12 vote adopted the conference report on the bill (HR 2669), which would slash roughly $20 billion from federal subsidies to private lenders and redirect the money to student aid.

The House was expected to follow suit within hours, and despite earlier veto threats aimed at several provisions still in the measure, President Bush is expected to sign it.

House Action:

H.Res. 637: Providing for consideration of the conference report to accompany H.R. 2669

On Agreeing to the Resolution
Passed 220-185

On Agreeing to the Conference Report
Passed 292-97

Included in the conference report:

The term `public service job' means--(i) a full-time job in emergency management, government, military service, public safety, law enforcement, public health, public education (including early childhood education), social work in a public child or family service agency, public interest law services (including prosecution or public defense or legal advocacy in low-income communities at a nonprofit organization), public child care, public service for individuals with disabilities, public service for the elderly, public library sciences, school-based library sciences and other school-based services, or at an organization that is described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and exempt from taxation under section 501(a) of such Code.

This is especially important language for private schools that educate the public, and other private organizations that serve the public.

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