Last night, after passing H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (known as the “healthcare bill” to most of us) by a vote of 219-212, the House included that bill in H.R. 4872, the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010 (known as the “reconciliation bill”). The House then passed the reconciliation bill by a vote of 220-211. The reconciliation bill moves to the Senate this week where they hope to pass it before recess begins on March 29.
Also included in the reconciliation bill are several provisions that affect education. The two largest pieces include overhauling the student loan industry and an increase in Pell grants. But as we told you last week, the bill also includes $2 billion over four years for community colleges.