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Senate Sets Higher Funding Level for Education

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June 27, 2013

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Senate Sets Higher Funding Level for Education

Recently, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 funding level, known as a 302(b) allocation, for the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. From the $165 billion total, the committee will now divide up funding for individual programs like Perkins.

House appropriators approved their allocation in late May, which is 26 percent below the Senate at only $121 billion. The level is so low because the House set an overall discretionary funding total that is $91 billion below the Senate— an $18 billion reduction from the current FY 2013 level. The House budget also shifts all the burden of the sequester cuts from defense programs to non-defense programs, including funding for education and workforce development.

As a result of the large difference between the House and Senate funding allocations, the two chambers will likely produce radically different appropriations bills. The Senate Appropriations Committee is expected to begin consideration of the FY 2014 Perkins funding bill the week of July 8. Tell your Senators and Representative that it’s time to make investing in CTE a priority!

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