Level Funding for Perkins in House Appropriations Subcommittee
July 18, 2012
On July 18, the House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee passed its version of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 funding bill. The $150 billion appropriations measure, which included funding for programs in the Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services, provided level funding for the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act! The subcommittee voted mostly along party lines, with Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) siding with committee Democrats in opposition to the bill (although his opposition was because he thought funding levels were too high, rather than too low).
Thought the exact line-item appropriations for individual programs are not yet available, the bill will now move on to the full Appropriations Committee in the next few weeks. Since the bill provides a total of $6 billion less than was appropriated for the current fiscal year (FY 2012), level funding for Perkins is a great victory and a strong recognition of the value and importance of CTE.
In June, the Senate Appropriations Committee also recommended level funding for Perkins as part of its FY 2013 bill. However, there are sharp differences in funding levels and priorities between the two bills, leaving a great deal of work to do before an agreement on overall funding can be reached.
ACTE staff have met with House and Senate committee members over the past few months and engaged in a wide variety of advocacy activities to help ensure Perkins funding is maintained. We will continue our outreach efforts in Congress as these funding bills move forward. Thank you for all the great advocacy work that has been done so far. Please continue to reach out to your Members of Congress and urge them to support funding for CTE!