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ACA’s End-of-Year Advocacy Focuses on Bipartisan Efforts

paper airplanesMembers and leadership recently attended meetings with several legislators as ACA prepares for 2022 and legislative and regulatory changes during the second half of the 117th Congress and at the state level. Editor’s note: This article is available for members only.

12/21/2021 2:00 PM

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ACA International’s advocacy staff and members continue to work with legislators on both sides of the aisle to educate them about the work ACA members are doing that is having a positive impact in their communities and on the economy.

ACA’s advocacy outreach is an extremely important component of its ongoing efforts to help members succeed.

Last week, ACA Board President Kevin Baich participated in a call with U.S. Reps. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Calif., and Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass. Education on issues such as student loans and debt forgiveness continue to be important components of any discussion with lawmakers.

Scott Purcell, ACA’s incoming CEO, also met with Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., and Ben Winkler, chair of the Wisconsin Democratic Party.

What to Watch for in 2022

Congress is in a pro forma session this week, meaning there are no hearings or votes before the 117th Congress adjourns this year.

Members of the House of Representatives will be in a district work period Jan. 3-7 and the second session of the 117th Congress begins Jan. 10, Roll Call reports in an article on the House’s 2022 schedule.

August and October 2022 will be district work periods for the House and there are 112 days scheduled for legislators to be in session or for committee work, according to the article, which is in line with sessions leading up to an election when legislators are campaigning.

The Senate will return to Washington the first week of January, a week before the House, Roll Call reports in coverage of the Senate schedule.

In the Senate, members are scheduled to be in session for 171 days, 146 of those occurring before Election Day, according to the article.

Student loan discussions will likely continue after members of Congress have requested an examination of the U.S. Department of Education’s (DOE) decision to terminate its federal student loan contracts with private collection agencies, ACA previously reported.

“That unexpected action has created questions and concerns for borrowers, industry stakeholders, and Congress—particularly as student loan payment is set to begin on February 1, 2022,” U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., ranking member of the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor, and U.S. Rep. Julia Letlow, R-La., said in a letter to U.S. Department

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