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  • 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

  • What Does the Fiscal Cliff Mean for CTE?

    With only days to go before the country reaches the end-of-the-year fiscal cliff, there are some signs of hope that a deal might be within reach. Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced that the House of Representatives will be called back into session on Sunday—both President Obama and the Senate have already returned to Washington—for a last ditch effort to reach a deal in the final hours of 2012.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 4/15/2013 2:12:30 PM

  • Lame Duck Session Brings Little Action

    In the closing days of the 112th Congress, President Obama and congressional Republicans have reached a stalemate over the looming fiscal cliff.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 4/15/2013 2:11:45 PM

  • The Clock Is Ticking on Sequestration

    With only three weeks left in the 112th Congress and less than a month to go before the deadline for the “fiscal cliff,” the White House and congressional leaders have made little progress  in addressing the expiring tax cuts and automatic, across-the-board spending cuts to discretionary programs known as sequestration.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 4/15/2013 2:07:50 PM

  • New Poll: Small Businesses Very Concerned About Cuts to Perkins

    A recent poll released by the business advocacy group Small Business Majority found that an overwhelming majority of small business owners are concerned about the effect that the looming fiscal cliff—a combination of expiring tax cuts and across-the-board spending cuts under sequestration that could take effect in January—will have on federal funding for CTE and the workforce system.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 4/15/2013 2:02:26 PM

  • Preview of a Hectic Lame Duck Session in Congress

    The lame duck session, the period between the end of the election season and the beginning of the first session of the new Congress in January, can often be little more than a procedural formality—a time for an incoming Administration or new congressional majority to run out the clock until they can officially take power and begin pushing a new legislative agenda. However, with many matters unresolved and a looming deadline attached to critical fiscal policy issues that threaten to throw the economy back into a tailspin, the last six weeks of the 112th Congress may prove to be the most crucial.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 4/15/2013 1:58:50 PM

  • Duncan Talks CTE and Funding in Education Speech

    In a recent speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Secretary of Education Arne Duncan touted the Administration’s efforts to strengthen education, while putting forward an agenda for the future. He noted the important role that education has in rebuilding the economy and preparing a highly trained, competitive workforce. Additionally, he laid out a set of important goals for the Department moving forward. Among them was enacting reforms in CTE at the secondary and postsecondary levels as well as more closely aligning CTE with the private sector.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 4/15/2013 1:48:35 PM

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