Congress Turns Attention to Perkins Funding After Passing Budget Deal
December 19, 2013
Congress Turns Attention to Perkins Funding After Passing Budget
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.
Congress must now begin the task of setting funding levels
for individual programs like Perkins before the current funding bill expires on
January 15. It will be up to appropriators in Congress to determine which
individual programs get funding restored within the overall total increase available.
The Bipartisan Budget Act has helped to alleviate some of the harmful sequester
cuts, but there is still more work to be done to ensure that Congress acts to
restore funding for CTE specifically. Sequestration resulted in a $58 million
cut in the federal support for Perkins in the 2013-14 school year, and our goal
is to get those cuts restored!
your Members of Congress and tell them to restore Perkins funding to $1.1
billion, equivalent to the pre-sequester level, as part of the FY 2014
appropriations bill. Tell them that it is time to make investing in CTE a top