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.