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President to President
Molly Corbett Broad's weekly email newsletter to higher education leaders

June 2017

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    June 5-9, 2017 ~ Vol. 18, No. 18

    Most of Washington was transfixed this week by former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, though those developments of course have little direct impact on higher education. But as Congress returned from its Memorial Day break, the focus also began to turn to the 12 spending bills for the upcoming fiscal year that are supposed to be passed before Oct. 1, the start of FY 2018. Of course, that has rarely occurred in recent years and probably is unattainable this year as well, given the current level of congressional dysfunction. Congress also needs to extend the government’s borrowing authority: The debt ceiling could be reached as early as August. Democrats are hinting they may want to link the debt ceiling increase to tax reform, a Trump administration priority for the summer, which is not sitting well with Republicans. There is also the Republican effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, which barely gained approval in the House and now faces an uncertain fate in the Senate. July 28 is the last day lawmakers in the House and Senate are scheduled to be in session before a five-week break, so we will be watching to see how much of this ambitious agenda will be completed.