Rally on Capitol Hill: Stop Sequestration!
July 27, 2012
On Wednesday, Members of Congress spoke before a crowd assembled on Capitol Hill urging action to prevent across-the-board cuts to education and other domestic programs. The Event was organized by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), chairman of the Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee and the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, along with the non-defense discretionary (NDD) coalition that represents a broad range of organizations who are pushing lawmakers to stop these drastic cuts under sequestration from taking effect in January 2013. ACTE is working with this coalition and the Committee for Education Funding to fight back against sequestration and protect Perkins and other important education and workforce training programs.
The rally came only hours after a hearing in the Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee that specifically examined the impact of sequestration on education. In addition to Sen. Harkin, the Members of Congress who spoke at the rally included Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Rep. George Miller (D-CA) who is the ranking Democrat on the House Education and the Workforce Committee. Rep. Miller recently sent a letter to Chairman John Kline (R-MN) urging a similar hearing in the House.
Who We Are
The Association for Career
and Technical Education is the nation’s largest not-for-profit
education association dedicated to the advancement of education that
prepares youth and adults for successful careers. Founded in 1926, ACTE
has more than 25,000 members; career and technical educators,
administrators, researchers, guidance counselors and others involved in
planning and conducting career and technical education programs at the
secondary, postsecondary and adult levels. ACTE provides advocacy,
public awareness and access to information on career and technical
education, professional development and tools that enable members to be
successful and effective leaders.
What We Do
ACTE is committed to enhancing the job performance and satisfaction of
its members; to increasing public awareness and appreciation for career
and technical programs; and to assuring growth in local, state and
federal funding for these programs by communicating and working with
legislators and government leaders.