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White House to Congress: 2014 Budget Will Be Delayed

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January 18, 2013

By: Mitch

On Monday, the White House Office of Management and Budget sent a letter to Congress informing the House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) that the president’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 budget request will not be ready by the February 4 deadline. The White House is required under federal law to submit a budget to Congress every year. In the letter, Acting Budget Director Jeffery Zients blamed the delay on the protracted negotiations over the fiscal cliff. He did not indicate when the budget request would be finished, but it may be pushed back into March. The release of the president’s budget is the starting point of the annual appropriations process when Congress will determine how much funding Perkins will receive for the year.

Additionally, appropriations for the current FY 2013 (which began on October 1, 2012) have not been completed yet. Congress passed a stop-gap Continuing Resolution (CR) in September, which effectively put government funding on autopilot for six months. The CR will expire on March 27, creating an overlap in which Congress will have to try to complete FY 2013 while beginning FY 2014.

Adding to the budgetary uncertainty is the unresolved sequester. As we reported earlier, the New Year’s Day deal to avert the fiscal cliff did not fully address the across-the-board sequester cuts. The agreement that was reached between the White House and congressional Republicans only pushed back the deadline until March 1. If Washington does not act to permanently fix the sequester, it will drastically reduce FY 2013 Perkins funding, impacting the 2013-14 school year, and it will set a lower funding threshold for FY 2014. The immediate and long-term effects of the sequester would be a major setback for funding of CTE. Tell Congress it’s time to find a balanced approach that does not include more cuts to Perkins!

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