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  • Congress Fails to Reverse Sequestration

    Yesterday, the Senate voted on two pieces of legislation that would replace the automatic, across-the-board sequestration cuts with alternative deficit reduction plans. Sequestration will officially go into effect at 11:59p.m. Today, Friday, March 1. Senate Republicans and Democrats both put forward competing bills in a last-ditch attempt to prevent the sequester. Both measures were defeated along party lines, ensuring that sequestration will be unavoidable.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 4/15/2013 3:37:33 PM

  • NPS Coincides With Important Legislation

    The legislative season in Washington is in full swing, and there has never been a better time to advocate for career and technical education. ACTE needs YOU to attend this year’s National Policy Seminar to ensure the CTE voice is heard!

    Posted by Application Administrator at 4/15/2013 3:36:05 PM

  • STEM Career Interest on the Rise

    “Since the graduating class of 2004, overall interest in STEM majors and careers among high school seniors has increased by over 20 percent,” says a new report on STEM education from STEMconnector and My College Options.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 4/15/2013 3:09:41 PM

  • Obama Calls for Short-term Fix to Sequestration

    At a press conference in the White House yesterday, President Obama called on Congress to act quickly to delay the automatic, across-the-board cuts through sequestration. If Congress and the Administration are unable to reach an agreement to fix the sequester before March 1, federal funding for Perkins—along with most other education and workforce training programs—will be drastically reduced; impacting the 2013-14 school year.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 4/15/2013 3:07:54 PM

  • House Passes Short-term Debt Ceiling Deal

    On Wednesday, the House passed the No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013 by a 141 vote margin, temporarily averting a government default for three months. The bill suspends the federal debt ceiling —a cap on the government’s overall borrowing limit—until May 18.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 4/15/2013 2:57:44 PM

  • White House to Congress: 2014 Budget Will Be Delayed

    On Monday, the White House Office of Management and Budget sent a letter to Congress informing the House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) that the president’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 budget request will not be ready by the February 4 deadline. The White House is required under federal law to submit a budget to Congress every year.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 4/15/2013 2:52:37 PM

  • Republicans Name Education Appropriators in the House

    The Republican leadership in the House of Representatives recently announced new committee assignments for the House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee for the 113th Congress. The Labor-HHS-Education subcommittee oversees annual funding for Department of Education programs, including Perkins.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 4/15/2013 2:24:47 PM

  • Fiscal Cliff Averted ... for Now

    On January 1, the House passed on a 257-167 vote the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (H.R.8). The legislation affirms the Senate’s approval (89-8) of the fiscal cliff deal which came earlier in the day. However, the legislation only temporarily shelves the across-the-board sequester budget cuts until March 1.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 4/15/2013 2:13:19 PM

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