Government funding expires on April 28, 2017. At the end of December 2016, Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR) that would fund the federal government until April 28, 2017. The CR froze most government funding, including education, at 2016 levels with a 0.19% across the board cut to all programs. Congress is currently on spring recess for two weeks and will return the week of April 24 when both the House and Senate must pass a spending bill for the remaining months of fiscal year 2017, or risk a government shutdown.
Many lawmakers have indicated there will be no shutdown. When Congress returns to Washington, D.C. after the spring recess they will have four legislative days to enact a bill. President Trump’s recent proposal to cut $18 billion from domestic programs and increase $33 billion in funding for defense programs, border security including the proposed wall on the U.S. – Mexico border and ISIS seems to be a non-starter with Congress. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) has indicated that the Republicans will delay discussions on funding for the wall in the FY 2017 appropriations bill and consider it in the FY 2018 budget debate.
Go to CEC’s Legislative Action Center before April 28th to tell your member of Congress to invest in special and gifted education, early intervention and research programs.