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Political Science 001
October 4, 2015
Lawmaking 101: Legislative Summary
This is with interest to H.R. 2604: Need-Based Educational Aid Act of 2015
Summary of Bill: This bill is an amendment of the Improving America’s Schools Act of 1944
that provides all students the opportunity to attend a college and/or university regardless of
financial need, and permits institutions to deal directly with the student regarding financial
•This bill was introduced by Representative Lamar Smith (Republican) on June 2, 2015
•On June 2, 2015, the bill was referred to Committee
•House Committee on the Judiciary (23 Republicans, 16 Democrats)
•Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial, and Antitrust Law (8 Republicans,
•On July 9, 2015, the bill was reported by Senator Chuck Grassley (Republican)
•On July 14, 2015, a companion bill (S. 1482) passed Senate without amendment by
•On July 27, 2015, the companion bill passed the House
•YEAS: 378 Representatives (224 Republicans, 154 Democrats)
•NOT VOTING: 55 Representatives (21 Republicans, 34 Democrats)
Signed by the President
• On August 6, 2015, the companion bill was signed by the President and
Congress.Gov. Actions - S.1482 - 114th Congress (2015-2016): Need-Based Educational Aid Act of 2015.
Library of Congress. 2015. https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senatebill/1482/actions (accessed October 4, 2015).
GovTrack. Need-Based Educational Aid Act of 2015 (H.R. 2604). 2015.
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/hr2604 (accessed October 4, 2015).
THOMAS. Bill Summary & Status - 114th Congress (2015 - 2016) - H.R.2604. Library of Congress. 2015.
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d114:HR02604: (accessed October 4, 2015).
United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Hearings & Meetings. July 9, 2015.
October 4, 2015).