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  • Congress Turns Attention to Perkins Funding After Passing Budget Deal

    Yesterday, the Senate approved a budget agreement, known as the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, by a vote of 64-36. The budget deal will replace a total of $63 billion of sequester cuts over two years. For FY 2014, this will effectively restore an estimated 87 percent of the cuts that were put into place through sequestration last year. The overall discretionary funding cap for FY 2014 is $1.012 trillion, with $492 billion for funding non-defense programs that include education, workforce training and CTE, an increase of $24 billion over current levels.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 12/19/2013 11:35:28 PM

  • Senate to Hold Final Vote on Budget Deal

    Today, the Senate approved a procedural measure to advance the budget agreement, known as the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013. The procedural vote will allow the bill to proceed to a vote on final passage this week. As we previously reported, the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 budget agreement was reached by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) after weeks of negotiations in the budget conference committee. The House passed the Bipartisan Budget Act by an overwhelming vote of 332-94 on December 12, before the chamber adjourned for the holiday recess. The Senate is expected to vote on final passage of the bill as early as Wednesday.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 12/18/2013 12:32:52 AM

  • New Resources for Youth CareerConnect Grant Applications

    As we previously reported, the Department of Labor (DOL) is currently soliciting applications for the new Youth CareerConnect grants, and new resources are now available to aid applicants.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 12/16/2013 1:06:21 PM

  • Possible Budget Deal Reached by Negotiators

    Last night, a budget agreement was reached by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) to set new federal spending caps, restore a portion of the sequestration cuts and allow the appropriations process to move forward under regular order.

    Posted by CTE Policy Watch at 12/16/2013 2:57:56 PM

  • Congress Moves Closer to a Budget Deal

    The budget conference committee is continuing its efforts to craft a compromise FY 2014 budget plan before the self-imposed deadline of December 13. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), the conference chairs, are reportedly moving closer to a deal that could be announced early next week.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 12/7/2013 10:06:41 AM

  • New Report Shows Real Cost of Sequestration

    Recently, NDD United, which is a national coalition of organizations representing a broad range of fields like medical research, healthcare, housing, education and job training, released a new report, Faces of Austerity: How Budget Cuts Have Made Us Sicker, Poorer, and Less Secure. The report highlights the many real-world effects of cuts in federal discretionary funding that have resulted from sequestration and budget austerity.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 11/25/2013 9:53:51 AM

  • ACTE Urges Budget Conference Committee to End Sequestration

    Recently, ACTE sent a letter to the chairs of the budget conference committee, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), urging them to work toward strengthening our nation’s investment in CTE by replacing the harmful sequestration cuts in the FY 2014 budget proposal currently being developed by the committee. As we previously reported, the agreement that ended the protracted government shutdown in October included the creation a conference committee of members of the House and Senate who are tasked with creating a finalized budget plan and setting overall funding levels for FY 2014. The committee will also attempt to tackle long-term budgetary issues like entitlement spending, tax reform and sequestration.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 11/25/2013 9:49:46 AM

  • President Announces New Grant Opportunity for CTE Partnerships

    Today, President Obama announced a new, $100 million competitive grant opportunity named "Youth CareerConnect." The funds will be awarded from the Department of Labor's revenues from the H-1B visa program and the grants will also be administered by the Department of Labor.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 11/19/2013 8:33:21 PM

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