On September 15th, the Senate agreed to the insertion in its Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) appropriations bill (H.R. 2862) of an amendment that exempts for one year the E-Rate and all of universal service from the Anti Deficiency Act (ADA). . While E-Rate advocates have been pushing for a permanent exemption to ADA and two pieces of legislation that would achieve that goal – S. 241 and HR 2533 – have continued to gain cosponsors, this action might prevent E-Rate funding disruptions next year. The Senate’s CJS spending bill now heads to conference with the House’s version, which does not contain any ADA exemption language. It is not yet clear when a final CJS bill will be ready for final passage.
...from the EdTechActionNetwork (ETAN)