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House Votes to Cut Perkins in FY 2013 CR


March 8, 2013


House Votes to Cut Perkins in FY 2013 CR

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed legislation that would extend funding for the Perkins and other federal programs in the remaining six months of Fiscal Year (FY) 2013. Federal appropriations for FY 2013 have been operating on a stop-gap Continuing Resolution (CR) since October 1, 2012. This CR put government funding on autopilot until March 27. 

The House-passed bill (H.R.933) will pick up where the current CR leaves off by funding government programs until the end of FY 2013.This new legislation combines yet another six-month CR for most domestic programs, including Perkins, and a full-year appropriations package for defense and veterans affairs programs. Unlike the previous CR, this bill will effectively lower the discretionary funding cap to $984 billion for FY 2013 by incorporating the 5 percent sequestration cut and an additional across-the-board cut of .098 percent. 

So what would this plan mean for Perkins funding?  Under the House proposal, Perkins would be reduced by $57 million. The cut would impact over 12 million CTE students nationwide in the 2013-14 school year. Instead of working to create a balanced approach to reducing our debt in this funding bill, the House has chosen to double down on arbitrary, across-the-board cuts that will hurt community colleges, area CTE centers, public schools and the students they serve.

The Senate will now have to produce its own funding bill in the next few weeks, and then the House and Senate will have to resolve the differences in their respective bills, if there are any. Tell Congress it’s time to stop the cuts to vital education and job training programs! Tell your Senators and Representative that it is time for a real investment in CTE!

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