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2019 Federal Legislative Priorities

Federal Legislative Priorities

The American Association of Community and Technical Colleges (AACC) and the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) unite efforts to support a set of federal legislative priorities for each meeting of Congress. The 115th United States Congress meets in Washington, D.C. —spanning two years — from Jan. 3, 2017, to Jan. 3, 2019.

The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC), the Washington State Association of College Trustees (ACT), its members and stakeholders work with AACC and ACT to support their joint agenda.

Download a printable copy of the Joint Legislative Agenda for the 115th Congress.

2019 Federal Legislative Agenda

Of the many items set forth in the 115th Congress priority list, our system is focused on six key areas: 

  • Higher Education Act (HEA) Reauthorization
  • Pell Grants
  • Education/Workforce Development
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • DREAM Act
  • Veterans


American Association of Community and Technical Colleges (AACC)

Representing the more than 1,100 community colleges in Washington, DC is key to the mission of AACC. As the largest sector of higher education, community colleges offer a strong voice to legislators on the impact of critical programs and the needs of the millions of students served annually.

In addition to working with the regulatory agencies that administer funding and reporting programs at the national level, AACC supports the following legislative agenda for the 115th Congress.

The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT)

Among other things, ACCT supports college boards in their efforts to govern and develop policies that focus on meeting community needs and helps build community college board leadership and advocacy capacity through education and training programs.

Whether through Pell Grants, institutional aid, or workforce development programs, the federal government has a significant impact on community colleges. ACCT strongly believes that civic action is an important part of working for community colleges.

ACCT provides advocacy tools and training for its member organizations to help trustees become more informed about what is happening in Washington, gain knowledge as how to be the best advocate, and take action on behalf of their institutions.

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