On December 2, House Appropriations Committee Chairman, Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) introduced a two-week extension of current funding levels that also extends authorization for the expired Children’s Health Insurance Program until the end of the year. This two-week extension of FY 2018 appropriations would ensure that government funding would not expire at midnight this Friday, December 8. Federal government funding, under the terms of the continuing resolution (CR) Congress enacted in September, currently runs out on December 8.
It is likely that Congress will pass the two-week CR this week, but still may need more time after that to work out a budget deal and enact an omnibus appropriations bill funding the government for the rest of the fiscal year. There may be a third CR, which could include raising the caps and possibly disaster relief. If this is the course Congress takes, final appropriations decisions may go into January or February of 2018 – more than ¼ of the way through the fiscal year.
CEC is continuing to ask all education advocates to take action NOW and send a letter to your members of Congress! 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 non-defense discretionary (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. Children and youth 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.
Visit CEC's Legislative Action Center to send a letter today! Urge your members of Congress to eliminate the sequester-level caps. This will allow Congress to make necessary investments in NDD programs, including education and related programs.