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On Tuesday, the House adopted the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget resolution, by a 220-212 party-line vote. Continue reading
On Tuesday, after months of negotiations, the Senate voted 69-30 to pass a sweeping bipartisan infrastructure proposal. The legislation will cost $1.2 trillion over eight years, and offers more than $550 billion in new spending, including the reauthorization of highway and water programs, among other provisions. Continue reading
On Monday, Senate Democrats released their fiscal year (FY) 2022 budget resolution, setting the stage for a $3.5 trillion “budget reconciliation” package that would implement major changes to social programs, climate policy and other domestic policies. Continue reading
On Thursday, the House passed, along party lines, a nearly $620 billion appropriations package, encompassing seven bills, including the Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education measure. Continue reading
In recent weeks, both House and Senate Transportation Committees have introduced and advanced their own versions of a reauthorization of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which is set to expire October 1. Continue reading
On Monday, the House approved a resolution, along party lines, that would set the topline discretionary spending level for House appropriators for fiscal year (FY) 2022 to $1.506 trillion. Continue reading
Following the release of President Biden’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget request, congressional appropriators in the House will begin consideration of the Administration’s funding priorities later this month. Continue reading
On Tuesday, the Senate passed a sweeping proposal that would provide more than $200 billion to aid American manufacturing, technology, research and development, in an effort to quell China’s growing economic influence worldwide. Continue reading
Earlier today, President Biden released his full Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 federal budget proposal. While the Administration had released a “skinny” budget in April, it only included overview information and few specifics. Continue reading
On April 5, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona testified at a House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education hearing focused on the Administration’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Budget Request for the Department of Education. Continue reading
On April 28, Labor Secretary Marty Walsh testified at a House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education hearing focused on the Administration’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Budget Request for the Department of Labor. Continue reading
On Wednesday, the Biden Administration released an overview of its $1.8 trillion “American Families Plan.” Continue reading
On April 20, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing entitled “COVID-19 Recovery: Supporting Workers and Modernizing the Workforce Through Quality Education, Training, and Employment Opportunities.” Continue reading
On April 20, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies held a hearing on increasing investments in Community Colleges. Continue reading
On April 22, the House Education and Labor Committee held a “Member’s Day” hearing. The purpose of this hearing was to allow Members of Congress to discuss their policy priorities around “improving our education system, supporting workers, making health care more affordable, and strengthening our economy.” Continue reading
Last week, President Biden’s nominee for under secretary of education, James Kvaal, appeared in front of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee for his nomination hearing. Continue reading
Every year ahead of the annual appropriations process, the House CTE Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Jim Langevin (D-RI) and G.T. Thompson (R-PA) circulate a sign-on letter to the Appropriations Committee requesting robust funding for the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins) in that years Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill. Continue reading
Last week, the Biden Administration submitted its proposal for topline fiscal year (FY) 2022 discretionary funding to Congress. Continue reading
This week, President Biden unveiled the details of his $2 trillion infrastructure-related “American Jobs Plan,” which aims to create millions of jobs and spur the economy while rebuilding a substantial portion of our nation’s infrastructure. Continue reading
The House and Senate just reintroduced the bipartisan Jumpstarting Our Businesses by Supporting Students (JOBS) Act, a critical bill to ensure students have access high-quality, short-term job training programs which are critical to meeting industry demand and ensuring all workers and businesses can access and contribute to an inclusive economic recovery. Continue reading
Earlier this week, Sens. Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Rob Portman (R-OH), and Reps. Andy Levin (D-MI) and Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH) introduced the Jumpstart Our Businesses by Supporting Students Act of 2021, or the JOBS Act, to expand federal Pell Grant eligibility to high-quality, short-term job training programs. Continue reading
On Thursday, President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. Continue reading
At the end of February, House Appropriations Chairwoman Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) announced that the House would restore earmarks, albeit a more transparent and limited version, ending a decade-long prohibition. Continue reading
Early Wednesday morning, the House Education and Labor Committee voted 27-21 to approve a $357.9 billion draft proposal for inclusion in the COVID-19 relief package that's slated to move through Congress under the FY21 budget reconciliation process. Continue reading
The co-chairs of the House CTE Caucus, Reps. Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Glenn "GT" Thompson, have introduced a resolution honoring February as CTE Month. Continue reading