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Perkins Funding Letters Get Big Support in House and Senate

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April 7, 2014

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Perkins Funding Letters Get Big Support in House and Senate

ACTE applauds the 94 members of the House of Representatives and 25 Senators who have helped to champion federal funding for CTE. In separate letters to House and Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittees, this large, bipartisan coalition of Members of Congress urged a strong federal investment in Perkins as part of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 appropriations bills. ACTE thanks Reps. Glen Thompson (R-PA) and Jim Langevin (D-RI), as well as Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) for leading these efforts in their respective chambers. Additionally, Rep. Bradley Schneider (D-IL) sent a separate letter to the subcommittee that echoed the Perkins funding request of his colleagues in the House. 

This unprecedented show of support for Perkins funding is the direct result of the efforts of thousands of CTE advocates across the country that contacted their lawmakers and let Congress know that building our investment in CTE is a top priority! Complete lists of the Members of Congress who signed in the House and Senate are available here and here. If your Member(s) of Congress signed, take a moment to express your appreciation using the CTE Action Center

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