House debate drags on, but vote on education funding expected this week
The full House may vote by Wednesday on the Labor-HHS-Education funding bill, which would increase the overall federal investment in education by $4.4 billion or 6 percent in FY2020. Specifically, the bill increases funding for Title I and IDEA by $1 billion apiece, Pell grants and other student financial aid by $492 million, higher education by $431 million, and English-language acquisition by $243 million. The bill also provides $40 million for community schools—more than double the amount they now receive. Click on the take action button to send an email urging your representative to VOTE YES to increase education funding.
Enough is enough! Tell your senators to push for action on House-passed bills
Wondering where Congress stands on all those bills you’ve been urging your senators and representative to support? The House continues to pass groundbreaking legislation—on education funding, civil rights, gun violence prevention, immigration, and more—only to have it die in the Senate. That’s by design. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is proud of his refusal even to consider legislation with broad-based support—in the House and among the American people—and smilingly describes himself as the Grim Reaper. Enough is enough! More than 100 House-passed bills are languishing in the Senate’s legislative graveyard. Email your SENATORS—again, if you’ve already done so—and tell them to push for action on the Dream Act, the Equality Act, the Paycheck Fairness Act, and Gun Violence Prevention.
Cheers and Jeers
Sens. Ed Markey (D-MA), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and Tom Udall (D-NM) for raising concerns during a Commerce Committee oversight hearing about the Federal Communications Commission’s proposal, published in the June 13 Federal Register, to impose an overall funding cap that could reduce support for E-Rate and other critical programs for rural students.
Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) offered an amendment during the Appropriations Committee’s consideration of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill to increase funding for the DC private school voucher program and remove the requirement that participating schools must give their students the same fundamental civil rights protections as public schools.