White House to Congress: 2014 Budget Will Be Delayed
January 18, 2013
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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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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