House passes bills to boost educational info, electrical grid

Several members of both parties spoke on this bill, including Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), and agreed that an effort is needed to do a better job sorting out the various questions families have about colleges. These include not only the costs of attending school, but what sort of jobs students get upon graduation, how much debt they leave with, and other information.

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The bill is part of Cantor's "making life work" agenda that he announced in February.

The second bill was H.R. 271, the Resolving Environmental and Grid Reliability Conflicts Act. This bill would clarify that it is not a violation of environmental law to generate extra electrical power under the Federal Power Act in order to avoid emergencies.

The sponsor of the bill, Rep. Pete Olson (R-Texas), said this clarification is needed especially in the coming summer months, when the risk of power outages increases and puts elderly people and others at risk.