Awaiting Perkins Funding Bill in the House
June 28, 2012
As we previously reported, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education funding bill that included level funding for Perkins! This is great news for CTE. However, we are still in the early stages of the process and there is still work to be done. House appropriators have not yet released their Labor-HHS-Education funding bill, so there is still time to reach out to your Representative (especially those who are members of the Appropriations Committee) and tell them to support Perkins funding!
The House bill will first have to be considered by the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee. Because the subcommittee has jurisdiction over funding for health care programs, Chairman Denny Rehberg (R-MT) had indicated that it would hold off any action on the bill until after the Supreme Court issued a ruling on the health care reform law, which they did on Thursday. The subcommittee could act on the bill soon after the July 4th recess (July 2-6). We will provide an update as soon as the schedule for committee action is available.
It is also important to note that the total House allotment for all Labor-HHS-Education programs is $150 billion, which is $7.72 billion less than the Senate allocation for FY 2013. While this does not mean that specific programs like Perkins will be cut in the House bill, the appropriations committee will have to find savings somewhere to make up the difference. This is why it is so important for us to continue to reach out to Congress and show them the value and importance of CTE.