Congress is busy! Right now, it is debating 2 budget measures. First, it has to decide how to fund the government through the end of this Federal fiscal year (Sept 30, 2013) called the continuing resolution. Next, and at the same time, Congress has to decide how to fund the government in the next fiscal year - 2014! So yes, they actually are busy!
Federal Funding 2013 - Continuing Resolution
For now, sequestration is in place. Thus, this July the government will cut 5% from all federal education programs – unless Congress changes the law. So, it is disheartening, to say the least, that both the Senate and the House version of the continuing resolution (that is, the bill that will fund the federal government through September 30) includes the sequestration cuts. Unless they change this legislation, it appears the cut will occur.
CEC opposes these cuts. They will hurt children and youth with disabilities and/or gifts and talents and the professionals who serve them. We are advocating for a different solution. Want to join us? Send this letter to your members of Congress.
Federal Funding for FY 2014
In the midst of this discussion Congress is also debating its vision for how it should fund the federal government next year in 2014. So, last week, the House introduced its vision for the future of the budget, which CEC opposes because it will deeply cut education. You can read our letter of opposition here. And this week the Senate is debating its vision for the future of the budget, which would eliminate sequestration funding, and boost monies for education. Read our letter of support here.
Congress is busy and so are we! Join us – make your voice heard – send a letter today!