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Oct 21, 2021

As Congress attempts to finish the budget reconciliation bill, a number of provisions in the social spending measure are in danger of being cut. Terry Hartle and Jon Fansmith look at what we know so far, as well as the future of Public Service Loan Forgiveness and the president's order mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for federal contractors. Sarah Spreitzer kicks the episode off with a chat about lifting the COVID-19 travel ban, which should ease travel to the U.S. for international students and scholars.


Here are some of the links and references from this week’s show:

ACE, Higher Ed Groups Urge Flexibility for International Students as COVID-19 Travel Ban is Lifted

What Colleges and Universities Need to Know About the Biden Vaccine Mandate for Federal Contractors (Issue Brief)

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program Not Living Up to Its Name
CBS News “60 Minutes”


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Jon Fansmith is a director of government relations at ACE. He represents ACE and its members on matters related to the federal budget and appropriations process, with a particular focus on student aid.

Mushtaq Gunja serves as vice president and chief of staff at ACE, where he is in charge of strategic initiatives, communications, and membership.

Sarah Spreitzer is a director of government relations at ACE. She represents ACE and its members on matters related to research policy and funding, federal policy, international students, immigration, and legislative issues.