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Congress Finalizes FY 2013 Funding Bill With Cut to Perkins



By: Mitch

The Senate and House approved a Continuing Resolution (CR) that will provide funding for Perkins and other federal programs for the remaining six months of Fiscal Year (FY) 2013. Though the House had previously voted on its own version of the CR last week, they ultimately adopted the version that was passed with bipartisan support in the Senate.

Like the House version, the final FY 2013 funding package includes a CR for most domestic programs, including Perkins, and a full-year appropriations bill for defense and veterans affairs programs. Senate appropriators also added full-year bills for funding of agriculture; commerce, science, and justice; and homeland security.

The bill lowers the discretionary funding cap for FY 2013 by incorporating the 5 percent sequestration cut. Unlike the House version, the final CR does not add an additional across-the-board cut of .098 percent. However, the 5 percent cut that was included in the bill will reduce Perkins funding by approximately $56 million in FY 2013. The cut will impact CTE programs nationwide in the 2013-14 school year.

Tell Congress it’s time to stop the cuts to vital education and job training programs! Tell your Senators and Representative that it is time for a real investment in CTE!

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