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Nov 19, 2021

In this live conversation, hosts Jon Fansmith and Sarah Spreitzer discuss the status of the Build Back Better Act—the budget reconciliation bill that enacts a large chunk of the Biden administration’s domestic agenda—legislation dealing with competition with China, a House hearing on the education sector’s use of COVID-19 emergency relief funds, and more as Congress pushes toward the end of the year with a lengthy to-do list. 


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

House Moves Forward on Build Back Better Act, Passes Infrastructure Bill

First Look: Use of Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) at U.S. Colleges and Universities

House Education and Labor Subcommittee Hearing: Examining the Implementation of COVID-19 Education Funds

Biden Administration Announces New Vaccine Rules for Public and Private Sectors

U.S. Higher Education Community Calls for a Return to Pre-COVID 19 International Student Enrollment Numbers


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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.