H.R. 6557 (112th): College Cost Reduction Act of 2012

112th Congress, 2011–2013. Text as of Sep 21, 2012 (Introduced).

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112th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 6557

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 21, 2012

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and in addition to the Committee on Rules, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To establish the Higher Education Regulatory Reform Task Force, to establish procedures for the presentation and expedited consideration by Congress of the recommendations of the Higher Education Regulatory Reform Task Force, to establish requirements for college cost reduction, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the College Cost Reduction Act of 2012.

2.

Higher Education Regulatory Reform Task Force

(a)

Task Force established

Not later than 6 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Education shall establish the Higher Education Regulatory Reform Task Force.

(b)

Membership

The Higher Education Regulatory Reform Task Force shall include—

(1)

the Secretary of Education or the Secretary’s designee;

(2)

the head of each other Federal agency (or such head’s designee) that the Secretary of Education determines to be relevant to the activities of the Higher Education Regulatory Reform Task Force;

(3)

a representative of the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance established under section 491 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1098);

(4)

representatives from the higher education community, including—

(A)

institutions of higher education, with equal representation of public and private nonprofit institutions, and two-year and four-year institutions, and with not less than 25 percent of such representative institutions carrying out distance education programs; and

(B)

nonprofit organizations representing institutions of higher education; and

(5)

any other entity or individual the Secretary of Education determines appropriate.

(c)

Activities

(1)

Report required

Not later than one year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Education shall submit to Congress and make available on a publicly available website a report (in this Act referred to as the Higher Education Regulatory Reform Report) prepared by the Higher Education Regulatory Reform Task Force on Federal regulatory requirements for institutions of higher education. In prioritizing the review and consideration of such regulatory requirements for the purposes of the Higher Education Regulatory Reform Report, the Higher Education Regulatory Reform Task Force shall give highest priority to regulations related to—

(A)

State authorization of distance education;

(B)

the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS);

(C)

the Office of Management and Budget’s A–21 Circular;

(D)

reporting under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act;

(E)

calculation of default rates under section 435(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965;

(F)

gainful employment;

(G)

revenue requirements for institutions of higher education under section 487(a)(24) and (d) of the Higher Education Act of 1965; and

(H)

the Single Audit Act of 1984 and the Office of Management and Budget’s A–133 Circular.

(2)

Contents of report

The Higher Education Regulatory Reform Report shall contain the following with respect to regulatory requirements for institutions of higher education:

(A)

A list of rules that are determined to be outmoded, duplicative, ineffective, or excessively burdensome.

(B)

For each rule listed in accordance with subparagraph (A), an analysis of how the costs outweigh the benefits for such rule.

(C)

Recommendations to consolidate, modify, simplify, or repeal such rules to make such rules more effective or less burdensome.

(D)

A description of the justification for and impact of the recommendations described in subparagraph (C), as appropriate and available, including supporting data for such justifications and the financial impact of such recommendations on institutions of higher education of varying sizes and types.

(E)

Recommendations on the establishment of a permanent entity to review new regulatory requirements affecting institutions of higher education.

(3)

Notice and comment

At least 60 days before submission of the Higher Education Regulatory Reform Report required under paragraph (1), the Secretary of Education shall publish the report in the Federal Register for public notice and comment. The Higher Education Regulatory Reform Task Force may modify the report in response to any comments received before submission of the report to Congress.

(d)

Definition of institution of higher education

For the purposes of this section, the term institution of higher education has the meaning given such term in section 101(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1001(a)).

3.

Expedited consideration by Congress

(a)

Presentation of Higher Education Regulatory Reform Report to Congress and expedited consideration

(1)

In general

The President shall propose, at the time and in the manner provided in paragraph (2), the carrying out of all or part of the recommendations contained in the Higher Education Regulatory Reform Report prepared by the Higher Education Regulatory Reform Task Force in accordance with section 2.

(2)

Transmittal of special message

(A)

Message requirements

Not later than 120 days after the submission of the Higher Education Regulatory Reform Report to Congress under section 2(c), the President shall transmit to Congress a special message to carry out all or part of the recommendations contained in such Report. The President shall include with that special message a bill that would carry out the recommendations. The President may not transmit more than one such special message each year.

(B)

Bill text

The President shall include in the bill required under subparagraph (A), without amendment, the following text:

2.

Controlling rising college costs

(a)

Controlling rising college costs

Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall promulgate regulations that—

(1)

require institutions of higher education to control annual tuition increases; and

(2)

establish penalties for institutions of higher education that do not comply with the regulations promulgated under paragraph (1), taking into account the affects of such penalties on various types of institutions and the specific circumstances of institutions that may result in such noncompliance, including failure of States to adhere to maintenance of effort requirements under section 137 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1015f).

(b)

Inapplicability of rulemaking requirements

Section 482(c) and section 492 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1089(c); 1098a) shall not apply to the regulations required by this section.

(c)

Definitions

For purposes of this section:

(1)

Institution of higher education

The term institution of higher education has the meaning given the term in section 102 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1002).

(2)

Annual tuition

The term tuition means the average annual cost of tuition and fees for an institution of higher education for first-time, full-time undergraduate students enrolled in the institution.

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(3)

Expedited consideration of President’s Higher Education Regulatory Reform bill

(A)

Higher Education Regulatory Reform bill

Within 14 days after the President submits to Congress a bill under paragraph (2), the majority leader of the House of Representatives and the majority leader of the Senate shall each introduce such bill, by request.

(B)

Consideration in the House of Representatives

(i)

Referral and reporting

Any committee of the House of Representatives to which such bill is referred shall report it to the House without amendment not later than the 14th legislative day after the date of its introduction. If a committee fails to report the bill within that period or the House has adopted a concurrent resolution providing for adjournment sine die at the end of a Congress, such committee shall be automatically discharged from further consideration of the bill and it shall be placed on the appropriate calendar.

(ii)

Proceeding to consideration

Not later than 21 legislative days after such bill is reported or a committee has been discharged from further consideration thereof, it shall be in order to move to proceed to consider such bill in the House. Such a motion shall be highly privileged and not debatable, and shall be in order only at a time designated by the Speaker in the legislative schedule within two legislative days after the day on which the proponent announces an intention to the House to offer the motion provided that such notice may not be given until such bill is reported or a committee has been discharged from further consideration thereof. Such a motion shall not be in order after the House has disposed of a motion to proceed with respect to that special message. The previous question shall be considered as ordered on the motion to its adoption without intervening motion. A motion to reconsider the vote by which the motion is disposed of shall not be in order.

(iii)

Consideration

If the motion to proceed is agreed to, the House shall immediately proceed to consider such bill in the House without intervening motion. Such bill shall be considered as read. All points of order against the bill and against its consideration are waived. The previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill to its passage without intervening motion except 4 hours of debate equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent and one motion to limit debate on the bill. A motion to reconsider the vote on passage of the bill shall not be in order.

(C)

Consideration in the Senate

(i)

Committee action

The appropriate committee of the Senate shall report without amendment the bill referred to in subparagraph (A) not later than the seventh session day after introduction. If a committee fails to report the bill within that period or the Senate has adopted a concurrent resolution providing for adjournment sine die at the end of a Congress, the Committee shall be automatically discharged from further consideration of the bill and it shall be placed on the appropriate calendar.

(ii)

Motion to proceed

Not later than 3 session days after the bill is reported in the Senate or the committee has been discharged thereof, it shall be in order for any Senator to move to proceed to consider the bill in the Senate. The motion shall be decided without debate and the motion to reconsider shall be deemed to have been laid on the table. Such a motion shall not be in order after the Senate has disposed of a prior motion to proceed with respect to the draft bill.

(iii)

Consideration

If a motion to proceed to the consideration of the draft bill is agreed to, the Senate shall immediately proceed to consideration of the draft bill without intervening motion, order, or other business, and the draft bill shall remain the unfinished business of the Senate until disposed of. Consideration on the bill in the Senate under this subsection, and all debatable motions and appeals in connection therewith, shall not exceed 10 hours equally divided in the usual form. All points of order against the draft bill or its consideration are waived. Consideration in the Senate on any debatable motion or appeal in connection with the draft bill shall be limited to not more than 10 hours. A motion to postpone, or a motion to proceed to the consideration of other business, or a motion to recommit the draft bill is not in order. A motion to reconsider the vote by which the draft bill is agreed to or disagreed to is not in order.

(D)

Amendments prohibited

No amendment to, or motion to strike a provision from, the draft bill considered under this section shall be in order in either the House of Representatives or the Senate.

(E)

Coordination with action by other house

If, before passing the bill, one House receives from the other a bill—

(i)

the bill of the other House shall not be referred to a committee; and

(ii)

the procedure in the receiving House shall be the same as if no bill had been received from the other House until the vote on passage, when the bill received from the other House shall supplant the bill of the receiving House.

(F)

Limitation

This paragraph shall apply only to the bill referred to in subparagraph (A), introduced pursuant to such subparagraph.

(b)

Definition

For purposes of this section, continuity of a session of either House of Congress shall be considered as broken only by an adjournment of that House sine die, and the days on which that House is not in session because of an adjournment of more than 3 days to a date certain shall be excluded in the computation of any period.