In Reversal, House Appropriations Bill Funds Pell Grants
But Turns Blind Eye to Fraud and Abuse in Career Education Programs

July 18, 2012
Statement of Pauline Abernathy
On July 18, 2012, the House Labor-HHS-Education appropriations subcommittee voted to fully fund Pell Grants in the upcoming year. This year’s House Appropriations Committee bill is a sharp reversal from last year’s bill and this year’s House budget, both of which drastically cut Pell Grants. But like last year’s appropriations bill, this year's bill would block the Department of Education from taking common-sense steps to curb waste, fraud and abuse in career education programs that receive billions of dollars in taxpayer-funded student aid.