Congress Finalizes FY 2013 Funding Bill With Cut to Perkins
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!