Republicans Name Education Appropriators in the House
January 16, 2013
Republican leadership in the House of Representatives recently announced new
committee assignments for the House Labor, Health and Human Services, and
Education Appropriations Subcommittee for the 113th Congress. The
Labor-HHS-Education subcommittee oversees annual funding for Department of
Education programs, including Perkins.
Kingston (R-GA) has been named the new subcommittee chairman, replacing former-Rep.
Denny Rehberg (R-MT) who retired from Congress following a failed run for the
Senate in 2012. Kingston is a veteran appropriator—former chairman of the
agricultural appropriations subcommittee—and is now in his 11th term in the
House. He will serve alongside Rep. Rosa
DeLauro (D-CT) who is returning to her job as the subcommittee’s ranking
to Rehberg, Republican Reps. Jerry Lewis (CA), Kay Granger (TX), Jeff Flake
(AZ) and Cynthia Lummis (WY) have also left the subcommittee. The new majority
roster for the subcommittee includes:
two vacant Democratic spot on the subcommittee—former-Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.
(D-IL) resigned from Congress last year and Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) has been named ranking member of the full appropriations
committee—but those positions have not yet been filled.
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Administration’s Budget Proposal Restores Sequester Cut to CTE Funding but Still Falls Short of Need
Earlier today, the Obama Administration released its budget proposal
for FY 2014. This document, normally released in February but delayed
due to the other fiscal issues in play this spring, outlines the
Administration's spending priorities for the coming year.
Duncan Talks 2014 Budget on Capitol Hill
Following the release of President Obama’s Fiscal Year
(FY) 2014 budget request on Wednesday, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
appeared before the House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education
Appropriations Subcommittee to defend the Administration’s plan for funding
education in the coming fiscal year.
In the budget proposal, the Administration suggests
funding Perkins at 1.1 billion, equal to FY 2012 levels, before sequestration.
Additionally, the budget proposes a $10 million increase for the National
Programs line item which is designated for a new dual enrollment program
focused on career preparation.
Despite requests for an overall increase in education
funding, the Administration's budget does not prioritize additional investments
to meet the growing needs in CTE. During the hearing on Thursday, both
Republican and Democratic members of the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations
subcommittee expressed apprehensions about the Administration’s strong focus on
increasing funding for competitive grant programs. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT),
ranking-member of the subcommittee, talked about her concern for formula-funded
education programs, like Perkins, which largely did not receive increases in
funding. “The emphasis on competitive funding I find troubling,” said DeLauro.
“What is need is steady secure funding for all of our schools to move toward
improvement.” Federal investments in education must be directed to those areas
with a proven track record of success that provide all students with equal
access and opportunity.
Members of the subcommittee will now begin to draft an
appropriations bill that will fund Perkins in FY 2014. Let Congress know that
it is time to make investing in Perkins a
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