Action Reports

Weekly action reports keep you updated on what AYA is up to on the Hill

Week of July 25-29

This week's events: Inflation Reduction Act, Future Forum Youth Congress.

  • Policy efforts:
    • Inflation Reduction Act of 2022: The Senate came to a deal on a reconciliation bill this week: the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. The bill's framework includes the largest investment in climate in history, with $369 billion for climate and clean energy programs, but includes a significant compromise that requires DOI to reinstate oil and gas leasing. AYA released this statement and joined a letter calling on Biden and Schumer to hold the line on the fossil fuel provision.
  • Events:
    • Youth Congress: Future Forum Caucus held their annual Youth Congress on Capitol Hill this week which includes simulated committee meetings, hearings, debates, news events, etc. so young people can learn the interworkings of the legislative process. We were invited to attend along with our coalition partners in YouthInGov for a panel on the importance of including young people in government.

Week of July 18-22

This week's events: student debt relief programs expansion, #NoNewLeases letter, 988, student debt stories.

  • Policy efforts:
    • PSLF/IDR expansion: We signed a letter along with 130+ other orgs calling on Biden and the Dept. of Ed to expand and extend temporary fixes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness and Income-Driven Repayment programs, to ensure as many student borrowers receive relief from these programs as possible.
    • Fossil fuel leasing: We worked with House and Senate offices to garner support for a Congressional sign-on letter demanding Biden and Dept. of Interior Secretary Haaland cancel new onshore oil and gas leases and release an offshore 5-year plan with no new fossil fuel leases.
    • 988 hotline launch: With the launch of the new crisis hotline for mental health emergencies, we joined a briefing with the White House and partners to uplift and share info on the newly shortened number.
  • Advocacy:
    • With the end of the pause on student loan payments looming and no word from the White House yet on cancellation, we're re-upping our campaign to collect stories on how the pause on student loan payments has benefitted our members. Share your story here.

Week of July 11-15

This week's events: Hill meetings, abortion bills, DPA clean energy investments, Future Forum Caucus chat

  • Policy efforts:
    • Women's Health Protection Act, Ensuring Access to Abortion Act: Two bills that would restore nationwide access to abortion were considered by the House this week: the Women's Health Protection Act and the Ensuring Access to Abortion Act. We kept a close watch on both, and dissected their impact.
    • DPA clean energy: We joined our climate partners in calling on the House and Senate to invest an additional $100 billion in funding for clean energy production via the Defense Production Act, in order to expand on Biden's recent DPA clean energy orders.
  • Advocacy:
    • Hill meetings: AYA members met with Amaris Benevidez of the Ed and Labor Committee to discuss doubling and expanding the federal Pell Grant. AYA members in Colorado also joined us for a meeting with Senator DeGette's (D-CO) office to share policy priorities.
  • Events:
    • IG Live: AYA hosted a discussion with Rep. Darren Soto, Chairman of the Future Forum Caucus, and Future Forum Executive Director Bill Rockwood on the need to include young people in federal policy-making. Watch here!