Letters to Congress

ACCT works to express the organization’s view on pending legislation and its potential effects on community colleges.

 

February 18, 2014 - ACCT joined with other higher education groups to request a 302(b) allocation for the FY 2015 Labor-Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies bill that will enable the subcommittee to address the serious challenges in funding that exist for higher education programs. Adobe PDF.

January 31, 2014 - ACCT submits comments to the U.S. Department of Education’s Request for Information on the Postsecondary Institution Ratings System (PIRS).  Adobe PDF.

January 14, 2014 - ACCT joined with other higher education groups to express support for the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014. Adobe PDF.

October 7, 2013 - ACCT joined with other higher education groups to support the College Affordability Act of 2013, which will make important enhancements to the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC).  Adobe PDF.

November 21, 2013 - ACCT sent the following recommendations to the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee relative to an HEA reauthorization hearing entitled, “Ensuring Access to Higher Education: Simplifying Federal Student Aid for Today’s College Student.” Adobe PDF.

September 19, 2013 – ACCT sent the following recommendations to the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee relative to a hearing entitled, “The Triad: Promoting a System of Shared Responsibility. Issues for Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.”  Adobe PDF.

August 2, 2013 - ACCT and AACC submitted a joint letter outlining community college priorities for the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. Adobe PDF.

August 2, 2013 - ACCT joined with other higher education groups to submit a coalition letter regarding comments for the reauthorization of the Higher
Education Act.  Adobe PDF.

July 31, 2013 – ACCT and AACC submitted a joint letter providing comments on S. 1356, the Workforce Investment Act of 2013.  Adobe PDF.

July 29, 2013 – ACCT joined with other higher education groups to encourage passage of an immigration bill that would address DREAM Act students.  Adobe PDF.

July 23, 2013 – ACCT and AACC submitted a joint letter thanking Senators Murray and Franken for their efforts to amend H.R. 1911 to include additional funding for the Pell Grant program and a partial restoration of ability-to-benefit eligibility.  Adobe PDF.

July 22, 2013 - ACCT joined with other higher education groups to support the passage of S. 1334, the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013.  Adobe PDF.

July 10, 2013 – ACCT and AACC submitted a joint letter to Senate appropriators outlining community college priorities for fiscal year 2014.  Adobe PDF.

June 26, 2013 - ACCT joined with other higher education groups to endorse the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (S. 744).  Adobe PDF.

June 25, 2013 – ACCT and AACC sent a joint letter to Senator Al Franken (D-MN) supporting his sponsorship of the Community College to Career Fund Act.  Adobe PDF.

June 20, 2013 - ACCT joined with other higher education groups to oppose the passage of the Manchin Amendment to the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (S. 744).  The amendment would have increased the length of time DREAM Act students to attain lawful permanent residency.  Adobe PDF.

May 8, 2013 – ACCT and AACC submitted a joint letter to the Senate Judiciary committee providing comments specific to the DREAM Act langue included within S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.  Adobe PDF.

 May 8, 2013 - ACCT joined with other higher education groups to provide comments regarding higher education provisions in S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.  Adobe PDF.

March 22, 2013 - ACCT joined with other higher education groups to express support for key higher education provisions in the Senate FY 2014 budget, as well as concern with a proposal to limit the charitable giving deduction as a means to reduce tax expenditures through limitations on itemized deductions.  Adobe PDF.

March 19, 2013- ACCT joined with other higher education and workforce groups to express opposition to the House fiscal year 2014 budget resolution.  Adobe PDF

March 18, 2013- ACCT joined with other higher education and workforce groups to send a letter to U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel expressing concern over the suspension of new applications for the Military Tuition Assistance program. Adobe PDF

March 14, 2013 - ACCT and AACC submitted a joint letter to Congress offering comments regarding HR 803, the Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills (SKILLS) Act, the Republican sponsored bill to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act. Adobe PDF

March 5, 2013 - ACCT and AACC submitted a joint letter to Chairman John Kline and Subcommittee Chair Virginia Foxx of the House Education and Workforce Committee regarding H.R. 803, the Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills (SKILLS) Act, the Republican bill to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act. Adobe PDF

March 5, 2013 - ACCT and AACC submitted a joint letter to Ranking Member George Miller and Education and Workforce Committee Democrats regarding their proposal to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act, H.R. 798, the Workforce Investment Act of 2013. Adobe PDF

June 6, 2012 - ACCT joined with AACC to send a letter to Labor-HHS-ED Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Tom Harkin and Ranking Member Richard Shelby asking for their support in reinstating Pell Grant eligibility for Ability to Benefit (ATB) students.Adobe PDF

June 4, 2012- ACCT joined with other higher education and workforce groups to send a letter to Senator Tom Harkin and other Senate Appropriations Committee members expressing support for the restoration of the Ability to Benefit (ATB) provisions in federal financial aid. Adobe PDF

May 11, 2012 - ACCT joined with the American Council on Education and other higher education organizations to send a letter the the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Select Revenues expressing its support for several expiring tax measures, including the American Opportunity Tax Credit. Adobe PDF

May 7, 2012 - ACCT joined with AACC to send a letter to Senate Labor-HHS-ED Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Tom Harkin and Ranking Member Richard Shelby outlining community college funding priorities for fiscal year 2013. Adobe PDF

May 7, 2012 - ACCT joined with the American Council on Education and other higher education organizations to send a letter to members of the Senate expressing support for enacting legislation that will maintain the subsidized Stafford Student loan interest rate at 3.4% instead of doubling on July 1, 2012. Adobe PDF

April 26, 2012 - ACCT joined with the American Council on Education and other higher education organizations to send a letter to members of the House of Representatives expressing support for enacting legislation that will maintain the subsidized Stafford Student loan interest rate at 3.4% instead of doubling on July 1, 2012. Adobe PDF

April 17, 2012 - ACCT and AACC submit a joint letter to the Chairman John Kline and Subcommittee Chair Virginia Foxx of the House Education and Workforce Committee regarding H.R. 4297, the Workforce Investment Improvement Act, the Republican bill to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act. Adobe PDF

April 17, 2012 - ACCT and AACC submit a joint letter to Ranking Member George Miller and Education and Workforce Committee Democrats regarding their proposal to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act, H.R. 4227, the Workforce Investment Act of 2012. Adobe PDF

March 9, 2012 - ACCT and AACC submit a joint letter to the House Labor, Health and Human Service, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee Leadership outlining funding priorities for fiscal year 2013. Adobe PDF.

February 27, 2012 - ACCT joined with the American Council on Education and other higher education organizations to support H.R. 2117, a bill to repeal Department of Education regulations defining credit hour and federal enforcement of state authorizations. Adobe PDF.

December 6, 2011 - ACCT joined with the Campaign to Invest in America’s Workforce and others to oppose eligibility changes to the Pell Grant program. Adobe PDF.

December 2, 2011 - ACCT joined with 172 other organization to submit a letter to US Senators supporting the Fix America’s Schools Today (FAST) Act, S.1597. This legislation includes $5 billion for modernization of community colleges. Adobe PDF.

November 17, 2011 - ACCT and other higher education groups submit a letter to the House Labor, HHS, Education Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Dennis Rehberg (R-MR) and other members of the Labor, HHS, Education Appropriations Subcommittee expressing concerns with the changes to the Pell Grant program proposed in fiscal year 2012 House draft bill. Adobe PDF.

November 8, 2011 - ACCT submits a letter to Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) supporting the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011. The bill offers new training opportunities and assistance to unemployed veterans. Adobe PDF.

November 3, 2011 - ACCT and AACC submit a letter to Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (C-CT) in support of H.R. 2948 and S. 1597, the Fix America's Schools Today (FAST) Act of 2011. This bill includes $5 billion in modernization funds for community colleges. Adobe PDF.

October 21, 2011 - ACCT and AACC submit a joint letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee Leadership in support of their FY 2012 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill. Adobe PDF.

October 21, 2011 - ACCT and AACC submit a joint letter to the House Appropriations Committee Leadership in opposition of their FY 2012 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations draft bill. This bill changes eligibility for Pell Grants and significantly cuts workforce programs. Adobe PDF.

September 30, 2011 - ACCT and AACC submit a joint letter to the House and Senate Leadership supporting the President’s proposed $5 billion for modernization of community colleges. Adobe PDF.

June 28, 2011 - ACCT and other workforce and education associations submit a letter to Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) and other members of the Senate Health, Education Labor and Pensions Committee in support of reauthorizing the Workforce Investment Act. Adobe PDF.

June 28, 2011 - ACCT and AACC submit a letter to Chairman Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Ranking Member John Cornyn (R-TX) in support of S.952 (DREAM Act) and the first-ever Senate hearing on the legislation. Adobe PDF.

June 13, 2011 - ACCT and other higher education associations submit a letter to Chairman John Kline (R-MN) in support of H.R. 2117, legislation to block the U.S. Department of Education’s credit hour definition and state authorization regulations. Adobe PDF.

June 10, 2011 - ACCT and other higher education associations submit a letter to Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) in support of H.R. 2117, legislation to block the U.S. Department of Education’s credit hour definition and state authorization regulations. Adobe PDF.

May 16, 2011 - ACCT and other workforce and education associations submit a letter to the House and Senate in support of funding employment, training, and career and adult education programs in Fiscal Year 2012. Adobe PDF.

March 23, 2011 - ACCT and other higher education associations submit a letter to the U.S. Department of Education regarding the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Adobe PDF.

March 11, 2011 - ACCT and other higher education associations and accrediting organizations submit a letter to Chairwoman Foxx regarding the Program Integrity Rule. Adobe PDF.

March 2, 2011 - ACCT and other higher education associations and accrediting organizations submit letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to express concerns over federal requirements for institutions to be legally authorized in a state. Adobe PDF.

February 16, 2011 - ACCT and other higher education associations and accrediting organizations submit letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to express concerns over the federal definition of a credit hour. Adobe PDF.

February 14, 2011 - ACCT joins the Student Aid Alliance in a letter to the House of Representatives on the Full Year Continuing Appropriations Act (H.R. 1). Adobe PDF.

February 01, 2011 - ACCT joins the Student Aid Alliance in a letter to House Budget & Appropriations Committee Members on FY 2011 Appropriations. Adobe PDF.

 

Archive of ACCT Letters to Congress, 111th Congress (2009-2010)

Archive of ACCT Letters to Congress, 110th Congress (2007-2008)