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Take Action: Senate Acting on Perkins Funding Bill This Week


July 8, 2013


Take Action: Senate Acting on Perkins Funding Bill This Week

This week, the Senate Appropriations Committee will take up the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill, which will include funding for Perkins! Federal support for CTE is far below what is necessary to meet the needs of local CTE programs and the students they serve. Since 2010, Perkins funding has been reduced by over $100 million, with the threat of further cuts through sequestration for the 2013-14 school year. The erosion of Perkins has negatively impacted high schools, CTE centers, community and technical colleges, employers and millions of CTE students nationwide.

To ensure that the Senate appropriators provide the best funding allocation possible for Perkins, they need to hear from you! Here are the current members of the committee:

Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)

Richard Shelby (R-AL)

Patrick Leahy (D-VT)

Thad Cochran (R-MS)

Tom Harkin (D-IA)

Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

Patty Murray (D-WA)

Lamar Alexander (R-TN)

Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)

Susan Collins (R-ME)

Richard Durbin (D-IL)

Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)

Tim Johnson (D-SD)

Lindsey Graham (R-SC)

Mary Landrieu (D-LA)

Mark Kirk (R-IL)

Jack Reed (D-AR)

Dan Coats (R-IN)

Jon Tester (D-MT)

Roy Blunt (R-MO)

Tom Udall (D-NM)

Jerry Moran (R-KS)

Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)

John Hoeven (R-ND)

Jeff Merkley (D-OR)

Mike Johanns (R-NE)

Mark Begich (D-AK)

John Boozman (R-AR)

If you live in a state that is represented by one or more of the senators listed here, it is particularly important that they hear from you on the importance of Perkins funding. Please take a few minutes to let them know:

  • Funding for Perkins is critical in preparing youth and adults for 21st century careers.
  • Federal support for CTE has already been cut by over $100 million since 2010.
  • Sequestration will add another $58 million reduction in Perkins funding for the 2013-14 school year. 
  • It is time for Congress to make funding CTE a priority! 
  • Ask them to please support a $1.1 billion funding level for the Perkins Basic State Grant in the FY 2014 appropriations bill! 

Take Action: 

  • Click on your Senator(s) above to find the link to their contact information.
    • Share your thoughts with them on Twitter (include hashtags #CareerTechEd and #NoMoreCuts).
    • Write a message on their Facebook wall.
    • Call their office directly (also reach them through the Capitol switchboard: 202-224-3121).
    • Send them an e-mail through the ACTE Action Center.
  • Visit our CTE Funding page for more information.

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