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Devonna Reynolds 1A

H.R.1911 - Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013


-Congress dealt a looming deadline to resolve the problem of student loan interest rates


(if the bill hadn't of passed, student loans rates would have increased by 200%)



-amended title IV (Student Assistance) of the Higher Education Act of 1965


https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/1911?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22laws+passed+2013%22%5D%7D&resultIndex=5

Step 1: Introduction

- Mr.Kline and Ms. Foxx introduced the bill in the House of Representatives and it is putt in the hopper


- The Speaker of the House then sent to Committee of Workforce & Education, and Committee of Budget for consideration


- Bill was sent to the subcommittee of education and subcommittee of budget

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Step 2: Committee Action

- Committee of Education and &Workforce holds committee hearing


-Committee of Education & Workforce hold mark up session to rewrite bill on


- Reported to full committee(Education &Workforce) with 24 Yeas and 13 Nays


-Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 57

Step 3 : Floor Action

-Bill was reported out of the Committee of Workforce & Education


- Rules Committee: rule for consideration of the bill is to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to establish interest rates for new loans made on or after July 1, 2013.

-Limits general debate to 1 hour


- Bill passed in the House with 224 Republicans voting in favor and 193 Democrats voting in opposition on

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Step 4: Introduction to the Senate

- Bill is sent to the Senate


-Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 139.

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Step 5: Floor Action

- Brought to full Senate


-Voice vote was under the 60 votes needed to for it to pass

-Majority whips persuade the rest of the party to vote in favor of the bill


- Filibuster not permitted due to the urgency of the bill so cloture is not needed

(A lot of debate , voted 4 times before favorable outcome)


-Final vote: pass with 81 votes in favor and 18 votes in opposition

Step 6: Conference Action

-Bill sent to the House and Conference Commitee of Budget is formed


-The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on the motion to agree in the Senate amendment


-On motion that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required)

Step 7; Presidential Decision

- Bill signed by president and becomes a law
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