Thursday, March 1, 2012

Obama opposes House bill

By Courtney Donlin, News Editor

The Executive Office of the President of the United States issued a statement Monday denouncing The Protecting Academic Freedom in Higher Education Act, which was approved in the House by a bipartisan majority Tuesday.

The Protecting Academic Freedom in Higher Education Act, known informally as H.R. 2117, would repeal two federal regulations involving colleges and universities if passed in the Senate.

“Congress should not prevent the Secretary of Education from responsibly administering these programs and ensuring that consumers and taxpayers are protected from fraud, waste and abuse,” the Administration’s statement read.

According to the Bill Summary, the bill would repeal the Department of Education regulations that define a credit hour on the federal level as well as the regulation for state authorization. Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) introduced the legislation in summer 2011.

“As we have seen many times before, onerous federal regulations always come with a price and that price is always paid by taxpayers - in this case, students and parents,” Foxx said in a statement Tuesday.

H.R. 2117 will “streamline the federal role in higher education and protect states, schools, and students from excessive and costly regulatory burdens,” according to the Committee’s website.

For more information on H.R. 2117, visit edforce.house.gov.