House Republicans Press for Higher Ed Overhaul in 2018

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives began in earnest on Tuesday to finalize an ambitious bill to reauthorize the main federal law governing higher education.

The House’s Committee on Education and the Workforce, led by Rep. Virginia Foxx, Republican of North Carolina, kicked off a marathon session lasting nearly 14 hours — until just before the stroke of midnight — to consider amendments and other changes in a draft of the Higher Education Act legislationthat she introduced this month. Ms. Foxx’s proposed changes in current law are meant to streamline student aid, pare regulations, and open the federal coffers to a wider variety of institutions that offer skills training. The legislation, known by the acronym "Prosper" for Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform, passed out of committee on a party-line vote and will now go to the full House for consideration.

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