Last week the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass the U.S. Senate's version of the fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget. Congress pushed to have a joint budget resolution containing reconciliation instructions that would provide fast-track procedures for consideration of tax cut legislation later this fall. It is expected that final defense and non-defense discretionary (NDD) levels for FY 2018 will be set in a separate budget deal that will lead either to a FY 2018 omnibus appropriations package or a year-long continuing resolution.
Now is the time to take action! CEC is urging Congress to permanently eliminate the sequester-level discretionary caps and maintain the long-standing principle of parity by matching any increases in the defense caps with equal increases in the NDD caps. Congress must eliminate the sequestration caps in order to make critical investments in both defense and NDD programs, including education, which are essential to our nation's security and prosperity. Children and youth and programs are counting on strong federal education investments to ensure equitable access to high quality education and early intervention from early childhood to higher education and career and technical and adult education, and to fill gaps where local and state funding is insufficient or where new needs arise.
Tell Congress to:
- Repeal the Budget Control Act sequester-level caps and
- Significantly increase the federal education investment to maximize opportunities for children and youth and their families, schools and programs, and our nation.
Make sure Congress hears from you! Urge your members of Congress to use the opportunity before the continuing resolution expires on December 8 to eliminate the sequester-level caps. This will allow Congress to make necessary investments in NDD programs, including education and related programs. Visit CEC's Legislative Action Center to send a letter today!