Yesterday, the Senate approved a budget agreement, known as
the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, by a vote of 64-36. The
budget deal will replace a total of $63 billion of sequester cuts over two
years. For FY 2014, this will effectively restore an estimated 87 percent of
the cuts that were put into place through sequestration last year. The overall
discretionary funding cap for FY 2014 is $1.012 trillion, with $492 billion for
funding non-defense programs that include education, workforce training and CTE,
an increase of $24 billion over current levels.
Posted by Application Administrator at 12/19/2013 11:35:28 PM
Today, the Senate approved a procedural measure to advance the
budget agreement, known as the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013. The procedural
vote will allow the bill to proceed to a vote on final passage this week. As we
reported, the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 budget agreement was reached by Rep.
Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) after weeks of negotiations in
the budget conference committee. The House passed the Bipartisan Budget Act by
an overwhelming vote of 332-94 on
December 12, before the chamber adjourned for the holiday recess. The Senate is
expected to vote on final passage of the bill as early as Wednesday.
Posted by Application Administrator at 12/18/2013 12:32:52 AM
As we previously reported, the Department of Labor (DOL) is currently soliciting applications for the new Youth CareerConnect grants, and new resources are now available to aid applicants.
Posted by Application Administrator at 12/16/2013 1:06:21 PM
Last night, a budget agreement was reached by Rep.
Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) to set new federal spending caps,
restore a portion of the sequestration cuts and allow the appropriations
process to move forward under regular order.
Posted by CTE Policy Watch at 12/16/2013 2:57:56 PM
The budget conference committee is continuing its efforts to craft a compromise FY 2014 budget plan before the self-imposed deadline of December 13. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), the conference chairs, are reportedly moving closer to a deal that could be announced early next week.
Posted by Application Administrator at 12/7/2013 10:06:41 AM
Recently, NDD United, which is a national coalition of organizations representing a broad range of fields like medical research, healthcare, housing, education and job training, released a new report, Faces of Austerity: How Budget Cuts Have Made
Us Sicker, Poorer, and Less Secure. The report highlights the many real-world effects of cuts in federal discretionary funding that have resulted from sequestration and budget austerity.
Posted by Application Administrator at 11/25/2013 9:53:51 AM
ACTE sent a letter to the chairs of the budget conference committee, Sen. Patty
Murray (D-WA) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), urging them to work toward strengthening
our nation’s investment in CTE by replacing the harmful sequestration cuts in
the FY 2014 budget proposal currently being developed by the committee. As we
previously reported, the agreement that ended the protracted government
shutdown in October included the creation a conference committee of members of
the House and Senate who are tasked with creating a finalized budget plan and
setting overall funding levels for FY 2014. The committee will also
attempt to tackle long-term budgetary issues like entitlement spending, tax
reform and sequestration.
Posted by Application Administrator at 11/25/2013 9:49:46 AM
Today, President Obama announced a new, $100 million competitive grant opportunity named "Youth CareerConnect." The funds will be awarded from the Department of Labor's revenues from
the H-1B visa program and the grants will also be administered by the Department of Labor.
Posted by Application Administrator at 11/19/2013 8:33:21 PM