Two weeks ago Congress passed an extension of government funding at the fiscal year (FY) 2017 level that will expire this Friday, December 22. Federal government funding, under the terms of this continuing resolution (CR) will now run out on Friday unless a budget deal is reached. It is unlikely Congress will reach a budget deal by this looming deadline, and therefore may pass a third CR, which would fund the government going into January 2018. Timely funding issues that were originally thought should be included in this overall budget negotiation (DACA and reauthorization of CHIP), are now unlikely to be included and may be considered in a 2018 bill. A third CR, likely to be passed by this Friday, which may include emergency funding for disaster relief, would give appropriators time to negotiate a funding bill for FY 2018.
All advocates need to take action NOW! CEC urges Congress to permanently eliminate the sequester-level discretionary caps and maintain parity by matching any increases in the defense caps with equal increases in the NDD caps. Congress must eliminate the sequestration caps to make investments in both defense and NDD programs, including education, which are essential to our nation's security and prosperity.
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.
Ensure investments are made for education programs, especially special and gifted education and early intervention, and visit CEC's Legislative Action Center to send a letter today!