The Administration recently proposed to rescind $15.4 billion that Congress has already approved. The committee for Education Funding (CEF) on behalf of 110 national education organizations and institutions including CEC, urged Congress to reject the Administration’s recession proposal. The recession package will cut $7 billion that would otherwise be available for education programs and other services funded through the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill for fiscal year 2019. The Administration has announced its intentions to introduce another recession package for funds just appropriated by Congress for fiscal year 2018. This recession would undermine recent bipartisan decisions that allow needed increases in education, health and other important programs.
Congress has 45 days to act on the recession proposal. The House is up first as the recession package, H.R.3 was introduced recently, although it is uncertain if the House has enough votes to pass it. The recession package will be a harder sell in the Senate.