On November 28, ASPPH wrote to all Senate offices strongly opposing specific provisions under consideration during the tax overhaul debate. The provisions would negatively affect students, their families, graduates, and higher education generally. Specifically, the letter opposes:
The Senate began considering the tax legislation on November 29, but substantive changes are being made to the bill almost hourly as the GOP leadership tries to garner the 50 votes needed for passage. A final vote on the bill in the Senate may occur late Friday, December 1. There has been speculation that the House may simply adopt the Senate bill and send it to Donald Trump for his signature, rather than referring the bill to a House-Senate conference committee. Some Tea Party members oppose that strategy, so the pathway to final consideration of tax legislation is still murky.
Our colleagues at the American Council on Education (ACE) have posted useful resources on the legislation.