Washington Update

Student Financial Aid and Private Loans

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The problem began in 2005, when Congress passed legislation that makes it almost impossible to discharge student debt through bankruptcy. Many student advocates say the system is clearly broken and that only Congress can fix it. The best solution, some say, is to force private loan companies to act like mortgage companies, which are... Click Here To Read More

Sen. Harkin Introduces Higher Education Affordability Act

Legislation, Education | Permanent link

In one of his last acts before leaving the Senate, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), who chairs the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, released an 874-page bill that reauthorizes the Higher Education Act, the principal law that governs college and... Click Here To Read More

Negotiations Continue on Appropriations as December Deadline Looms

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With the federal government currently funded by a continuing resolution that is set to expire on December 11, there is a raft of political maneuvering in Congress over whether to pass an omnibus spending bill for the current fiscal year or to simply maintain current funding with another stopgap continuing resolution.

Much depends on... Click Here To Read More

Ranking House Committee Members for New Congress Announced

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The leader of the House Democrats, Nancy Pelosi (CA), has announced the ranking members of six major House committees in the upcoming 114th Congress. The only new ranking member of the six is New Jersey’s Frank Pallone, first elected in 1988, who will become the top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee following... Click Here To Read More

Canada Makes Changes to the Smoke-Free Ontario Act

Canada, Legislation | Permanent link

Ontario dentists are applauding the province’s new smoking ban, which takes effect on January 1, 2015. Changes to the Smoke-Free Ontario Act brought about the smoking ban. The Ontario Dental Association (ODA) is praising the ban on smoking in bar and restaurant patios, playgrounds and public sport fields. In addition, the sale of tobacco... Click Here To Read More

Save the Date: Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill, April 14, 2015

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ADEA invites you to make your voice heard during ADEA/AADR Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, April 14, 2015. This one-day event is co-hosted with the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) and provides members of the dental education and research communities the opportunity to speak with their Members of Congress in... Click Here To Read More

ADEA is Accepting Requests for Advocacy Workshops for 2015

Call for Submissions, Education | Permanent link

ADEA’s Advocacy and Governmental Relations portfolio (AGR) is offering its ADEA Advocacy Workshop series to all ADEA member institutions. AGR’s staff of advocacy professionals (who have worked in state legislatures and the U.S. Congress) will travel to your institution to present information on how to become an effective advocate for... Click Here To Read More

ADEA/Sunstar Americas, Inc./Harry W. Bruce, Jr. Legislative Fellowship - December 2014

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Dental school faculty members or administrators who want to interface with members of Congress on issues of importance to oral health are encouraged to apply for the ADEA/Sunstar Americas, Inc./Harry W. Bruce, Jr. Legislative Fellowship. The fellow selected spends three months in Washington, D.C., working on issues and... Click Here To Read More

ADEA/Sunstar Americas, Inc./Jack Bresch Student Legislative Internship - December 2014

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The ADEA/Sunstar Americas, Inc./Jack Bresch Student Legislative Internship is a six-week, stipend-supported internship in the Advocacy and Governmental Relations (ADEA AGR) portfolio of the ADEA Policy Center in Washington, D.C. This student legislative internship provides a unique learning experience... Click Here To Read More

Congressional Resources—December 2014

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For those interested in following the congressional proceedings, please access the U.S. House or Senate using the following links:

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