U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta votes for Protecting Academic Freedom in Higher Education Act

This bill removes the federal government from yet another place where it doesn’t belong.”

(Washington, DC – February 28, 2012)    Representative Frank Guinta (R, NH-01) today voted for the passage of H.R. 2117, the Protecting Academic Freedom in Higher Education Act.  He also co-sponsored the bill.

The measure would prevent federal intrusion into academic affairs, protect student choice in higher education, and reduce the regulatory burden on colleges and universities.

Guinta made the following statement after the House approved the bill:

“Parents and students alike are rightly concerned as the cost of a college education keeps skyrocketing –increasing five percent more than inflation last year alone.  The Obama Administration has tried to bring costs under control through a string of government controls and mandates.  Clearly, that approach hasn’t worked.

“The Protecting Academic Freedom in Higher Education Act prevents unprecedented and unnecessary federal intrusion into post-secondary affairs.  It protects students and colleges alike from higher costs by eliminating the needless state authorization regulation. It also safeguards and encourages innovative methods for awarding credit by repealing the federal definition of a credit hour, and prohibits the U.S. Department of Education from defining “credit hour” in the future.

“In short, this bill removes the federal government from yet another place where it doesn’t belong.  I urge the Senate to swiftly pass this legislation, so Granite State students, parents, colleges and universities can get the protection from costly and excessive regulation they deserve.”

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.