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Senate Appropriators Take Up Perkins Funding Bill This Week


June 9, 2014


Senate Appropriators Take Up Perkins Funding Bill This Week

This week, the Senate Appropriations Committee will unveil the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill, which will include Perkins funding for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015. As we previously reported, Senate appropriators approved the overall spending cap for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education—known as a 302(b) allocation—at $156.8 billion. The funding bill being considered this week will divide up that total among individual programs like Perkins. The current funding level for the Perkins Basic State Grant is $1.118 billion. Please take a few minutes to contact your Members of Congress to let them know that building our investment in CTE is a top priority!

Both the Senate Labor-HHS-Education appropriations subcommittee and the full appropriations committee will hold hearings, known as markups, to review and amend the FY 2015 funding bill. Action will begin on Tuesday in the subcommittee. The bill is expected to be completed during the full committee markup on Thursday, after which it will go to the Senate floor for a final vote later this summer. The committee may not release the individual program funding levels until after the Thursday markup, but we will provide updates on the CTE Policy Watch blog throughout the week. You can also visit the CTE Funding page on our website for more information.

Update: The Senate Labor-HHS-Education appropriations subcommittee approved the FY 2015 funding bill by a voice vote on Tuesday (6/10) afternoon. However, the Senate Appropriations Committee has indefinitely postponed the full committee markup of the bill. 

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