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House to Vote on State Authorization Repeal Today

Inside Higher Education reports that the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote today on H.R. 2117, a bill to repeal the U.S. Department of Education's "program integrity" regulations mandating a federal definition of the credit hour and state authorization of online/distance learning programs as a condition of program participation in federal student aid. The article notes that the Obama Administration opposes the bill, as do some House Democrats, who have proposed various amendments to it. However, H.R. 2117 did receive some Democratic support in getting voted out of committee for consideration by the full House. What remains to be seen is if and when the Senate will take action on the bill should it pass the House, and whether it would receive sufficient Democratic support in the Senate to pass there as well. A veto of the legislation should it reach the President’s desk also remains a possibility.

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