Bipartisan Coalition of Members Press for “Gainful Employment” Freeze
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 13, 2012
U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce Chairman John Kline (R-MN), Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC), and Representative Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-CA) joined a bipartisan coalition of members in urging the Obama administration to stop further implementation of the controversial “gainful employment” regulation in light of a June 30 federal court decision.
In a letter to Education Secretary Arne Duncan, which was also signed by Representatives Denny Rehberg (R-MT), Robert Andrews (D-NJ), Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), Robert “Bobby” Scott (D-VA), and Alcee Hastings (D-FL), the members express a shared desire to work with the department during the impending Higher Education Act reauthorization to develop responsible higher education policies that will provide effective data and resources for students:
In his written decision, Judge Rudolph Contreras in The Association of Private Colleges and Universities vs. Arne Duncan and the United States Department of Education stated, “Because one of the debt measures lacks a reasoned basis, that regulation will be vacated as arbitrary and capricious. Because the majority of the related rules cannot stand without the debt measures, they will be vacated as well.” Considering this decision, we ask that the Department put any further implementation of the gainful employment rules on hold as well as refrain from starting a new round of negotiated rulemaking.
Chairman Kline and Representative Foxx recently applauded the federal court ruling on “gainful employment,” stating, “The court’s decision to strike the most burdensome portions of the ‘gainful employment’ regulation is a welcome development in the fight to remove unnecessary federal rules that restrict choice and opportunities in higher education.”
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