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WASHINGTON - July 24: Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Chairman Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., during a news conference after the Senate passed the Higher Education Act. Demonstrating a rare bipartisan consensus, the Senate by 95-0 passed an overhaul Tuesday of the primary law governing federal aid to colleges and the students who attend them. The bill (S 1642), a five-year reauthorization, was painstakingly crafted by Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and Michael B. Enzi of Wyoming, the panel's ranking Republican. It was the first reauthorization of the Higher Education Act since 1998. Ever since that version (PL  105-244) lapsed, programs under the act have been kept afloat through annual appropriations and temporary extensions of the authorization. The reauthorization bill's future path is unclear. The House has yet to assemble its own version of the reauthorization. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly).

WASHINGTON - July 24: Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Chairman Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., during a news conference after the Senate passed the Higher Education Act. Demonstrating a rare bipartisan consensus, the Senate by 95-0 passed an overhaul Tuesday of the primary law governing federal aid to colleges and the students who attend them. The bill (S 1642), a...
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