Today, the US Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, testified before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor Health and Human Services about the President’s budget proposal. He staunchly defended investment in education and urged the Senate to eliminate sequestration cuts.
According to Secretary Duncan, “The big takeaway message here is that education is more than a set of numbers on the ledger line. Education is not just an expense—it's an investment. In fact, it is one of the most critical investments in the future that we, as a Nation, can make. America cannot win the race for the future without investing in education—it's that simple.”
Secretary Duncan highlighted several investments in the President’s Budget proposal including his focus on early childhood and early learning. He also specifically urged Congress to reject the 8% across the board sequestration cuts which are slated to be in place for the next 9 years.
CEC was pleased to hear the Secretary speak out on these important issues and continues to urge members of Congress to reject the coming 9 years of Sequestration. Want to join us? Know your zipcode? Then use CEC’s Legislative Action Center to contact your members of Congress and tell them to invest in education.
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