Obama Calls for Short-Term Fix to Sequestration
February 6, 2013
At a press conference in the White House yesterday,
President Obama called on Congress to act quickly to delay the automatic,
across-the-board cuts through sequestration. If Congress and the Administration
are unable to reach an agreement to fix the sequester before March 1, federal funding for Perkins—along with most other education and
workforce training programs—will be drastically reduced; impacting the 2013-14
school year. The president put forward few specifics on what he would like to
see included in a plan to avert the sequester, beyond echoing previous demands
for a “balanced approach” that consists of both increased revenue and targeted
With the deadline for sequestration fast approaching,
President Obama pushed for a short-term delay that might provide more time to
create a permanent fix to the sequester. He argued that allowing sequestration
to go into effect would cause greater economy instability and would devastate important
domestic and national security programs. “Deep, indiscriminate cuts to things
like education and training, energy and national security will cost us jobs,
and it will slow down our recovery. It’s
not the right thing to do for the economy,” said Obama.
Congressional Republicans have resisted the idea of using
any new tax revenue and argued for greater cuts in discretionary and mandatory
funding to reduce the debt. “We believe there is a better way to reduce the
deficit, but Americans do not support sacrificing real spending cuts for more
tax hikes,” said House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). He added, “The president’s
sequester should be replaced with spending cuts and reforms that will start us
on the path to balancing the budget in 10 years.”
CTE continues to be under threat of drastic cuts. Tell
Congress that we need action now! Tell them that Perkins can’t afford any more cuts!
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Administration’s Budget Proposal Restores Sequester Cut to CTE Funding but Still Falls Short of Need
Earlier today, the Obama Administration released its budget proposal
for FY 2014. This document, normally released in February but delayed
due to the other fiscal issues in play this spring, outlines the
Administration's spending priorities for the coming year.
Duncan Talks 2014 Budget on Capitol Hill
Following the release of President Obama’s Fiscal Year
(FY) 2014 budget request on Wednesday, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
appeared before the House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education
Appropriations Subcommittee to defend the Administration’s plan for funding
education in the coming fiscal year.
In the budget proposal, the Administration suggests
funding Perkins at 1.1 billion, equal to FY 2012 levels, before sequestration.
Additionally, the budget proposes a $10 million increase for the National
Programs line item which is designated for a new dual enrollment program
focused on career preparation.
Despite requests for an overall increase in education
funding, the Administration's budget does not prioritize additional investments
to meet the growing needs in CTE. During the hearing on Thursday, both
Republican and Democratic members of the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations
subcommittee expressed apprehensions about the Administration’s strong focus on
increasing funding for competitive grant programs. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT),
ranking-member of the subcommittee, talked about her concern for formula-funded
education programs, like Perkins, which largely did not receive increases in
funding. “The emphasis on competitive funding I find troubling,” said DeLauro.
“What is need is steady secure funding for all of our schools to move toward
improvement.” Federal investments in education must be directed to those areas
with a proven track record of success that provide all students with equal
access and opportunity.
Members of the subcommittee will now begin to draft an
appropriations bill that will fund Perkins in FY 2014. Let Congress know that
it is time to make investing in Perkins a
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