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Voters will head to the polls this November 8 to determine the new makeup of the 118th Congress and state governments, and to weigh in on ballot initiatives. At the federal level, all 435 members of the House of Representatives and 35 Senate seats will be on the ballot, while... Continue reading
In an August 31 fact sheet, the White House announced its strategy to help K-12 schools address staffing shortages in teaching and other critical school professionals. The Administration plans to work with the private sector, nonprofit organizations, and state and local education and workforce leaders to better highlight open positions... Continue reading
There was a flurry of activity as Congress prepared to adjourn for it the annual August congressional recess. On August 7, the Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act, a landmark piece of legislation focused on health care, the environment and tax policy. After a deal was struck between Majority Leader... Continue reading
On August 9, President Biden signed the CHIPS and Science Act (CHIPS Act) into law, allocating $280 billion in funding and tax incentives to boost domestic production and innovation in the semiconductor industry and broader science and technology-related industries. This bipartisan bill, which passed the Senate by a vote of... Continue reading
On July 28, the Senate Committee on Appropriations released its first drafts of its fiscal year (FY) 2023 appropriations proposals, including the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies bill. Although the bill gives a more modest increase to education funding overall than the House bill and the... Continue reading
On Wednesday, June 22, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies released the first draft of its fiscal year (FY) 2023 appropriations bill, which includes funding for the Department of Education and the Department of Labor. While a full, detailed funding table has... Continue reading
On June 7, Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona gave testimony to Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education regarding the fiscal year (FY) 2023 education budget request. In the hearing, Sen. Braun (R-IN) and Sen. Baldwin (D-WI) both inquired about the Department’s plans for CTE,... Continue reading
On May 18, the House of Representatives passed a reauthorization of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) by a vote of 220-196, with just four Republicans joining the Democrats in favor of the bill. If passed by the Senate and signed into law by President Biden, it would replace... Continue reading
On May 12, the House Small Business Committee’s Subcommittee on Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Workforce Development held a hearing on the innovation and workforce needs of the aviation and aerospace industries. Continue reading
On March 3, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) introduced legislation that would boost compensation for all public early childhood and K-12 (including CTE) teachers. This bill, titled the RAISE Act, would provide every eligible teacher with an annual refundable tax credit between $1,000 and $15,000. The... Continue reading
In March, President Biden signed the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 into law, setting federal spending for education for the 2022-23 school year. Overall, Perkins Basic State Grant funding received a $45 million increase, putting total funding at $1.38 billion. The Department of Education recently released the allocations that will be... Continue reading
After two weeks of recess, Congress returns to a busy legislative schedule on Monday, April 25. The first big item on the agenda related to CTE is the annual budget and appropriations process. The fiscal year (FY) 2023 appropriations process kicked off on March 28 when President Biden released his... Continue reading
Last year, Congress brought back the usage of earmarks, now known as “community project funding” (CPF), to help facilitate bipartisan agreement and speedier passage of federal funding bills. Earmarks are used by Members of Congress to guarantee funding for specific projects or grantees that would benefit their state or district... Continue reading
On March 28, the Biden Administration released the president’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 budget request. The request, which serves as a blueprint for Congress to appropriate federal funds, included a disappointing $25 million cut to the Perkins Basic State Grant compared to FY 2022 levels. That said, it is important... Continue reading
On Tuesday, March 15, President Biden signed the omnibus bill to fund the government for the remainder of fiscal year (FY) 2022, providing over $1.5 trillion across the entire federal government. Today was the last day to do so to avert either another continuing resolution or a government shutdown. While... Continue reading
On March 8, congressional leaders released the negotiated text of the long-overdue Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 appropriations omnibus package. In great news for CTE, the omnibus bill includes a $45 million increase for the Perkins Basic State Grant! While larger investments in CTE are still needed, this bill offers more... Continue reading
On the evening of February 17, the Senate passed a new continuing resolution (CR) by a vote of 65-27. This vote comes after the House passed the CR, H.R. 6617, to extend Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 spending through March 11. The CR was temporarily held up by Republicans in the... Continue reading
Heading into Thanksgiving recess, Washington D.C. has been busy at work on President Biden’s economic agenda. On November 15, President Biden signed the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law, providing $1.2 trillion for rebuilding the nation’s “hard infrastructure” and including some relevant funding for schools and the workforce.... Continue reading
On Nov 5, the House of Representatives passed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, clearing it for President Biden’s signature to make it law. Included in this package is $550 billion in new federal spending over the next 5 years on infrastructure-related programs such as... Continue reading
Late November 5, the House of Representatives passed the long-awaited bipartisan infrastructure bill, totaling $1.2 trillion over five years, including $550 billion of new spending. These investments will go toward “hard infrastructure” such as roads, bridges, water and energy systems, and broadband, including some provisions that could be beneficial for... Continue reading
On October 28, the White House announced its compromise framework for the Build Back Better Act budget reconciliation bill and the House of Representatives released updated legislative text reflecting the most recent negotiations. While this is a step toward final passage of the bill, it is important to note that... Continue reading
With significant attention on the budget reconciliation process, the FY 2022 appropriations bills have been on the back-burner. However, with the current continuing resolution (CR) expiring on December 3, significant congressional action is needed to wrap up this work. To begin to move things forward, on October 18, the Senate... Continue reading
On September 30, Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR) to continue funding for current programs and avert a shutdown of the federal government until December 3rd. The CR was necessary because Congress has not finished work on its FY 2022 appropriations bills and the new fiscal year was set to... Continue reading
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This week, I came aboard the ACTE team as the new Manager of Government Relations. Continue reading
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Sep 21, 2021