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Kline, Foxx Applaud Court Decision to Rein In Harmful Higher Education Regulations

U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce Chairman John Kline (R-MN) and Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) issued the following statement after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia decided to strike down portions of the Obama administration’s “program integrity” regulations:

“Tackling the issue of rising college tuition starts with recognizing Washington is part of the problem. By unnecessarily piling new rules and mandates on our schools, federal officials are making it increasingly difficult for colleges to offer a quality education at an affordable price.

“The Department of Education’s package of so-called ‘program integrity’ regulations significantly increase federal intrusion in academic affairs, creating additional bureaucratic and financial burdens for postsecondary institutions that could lead to higher costs and reduced access for students. To protect choice and opportunities in higher education, the U.S. House of Representatives has already taken bipartisan action to repeal two of the package’s most egregious mandates. While H.R. 2117 awaits consideration in the Senate, the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals is a step in the right direction that will help protect colleges and students from poorly conceived regulations that waste time and money.”

To learn more about the Protecting Academic Freedom in Higher Education Act (H.R. 2117), click here.