Will there be a government shutdown or will Congress pass another continuing resolution (CR)? The present CR expires on January 19th and it is unlikely that Congress will be able to reach a long-term spending deal by Friday. The CR is funding government operations at 2017 levels and is the third CR since the fiscal year began on October 1, 2017. Standing in the way of a final spending deal includes negotiations on: sequester-level caps for defense and NDD funding for FY 2018, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Protection for “DREAMERS” and border wall funding, and expiring authorization for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), to name a few. It is rumored that Republicans would agree to attaching a long-term authorization of CHIP to the funding deal in order to garner needed votes from Democrats.
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!