January 9, 2018
One day after the House Committee on Education and the Workforce passed its bill to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, which is known as the PROSPER Act, four TRIO champions wrote to Committee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) to express concerns about the legislation. More specifically, TRIO Caucus Co-Chairs Mike Simpson (R-ID) and Gwen Moore (D-WI) were joined by TRIO champions Tom Cole (R-OK) and Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), who lead the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and provided feedback on several proposals within the legislation, including a mandatory set-aside for new grant applicants and a 20% matching requirement. In sharing their concerns, the Representatives indicated a desire to work with the Chairwoman to improve the legislation and help protect the interests of the low-income, first-generation students currently being served by the Federal TRIO Programs. A copy of the letter is available here (.pdf).