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Friday, September 27, 2019
In Congress: Last week, the Senate released its bill text and report language for its Labor, Health and Human Services and Education (LHHS) spending bill. In the draft bill, Adult Education programs were level-funded at $655,667,000. We do not expect the Senate to formally mark up their LHHS bill, so this draft will serve as an unofficial marker of the Senate’s position on funding levels. Currently, House and Senate leadership are working to agree on funding levels in a final fiscal year 2020 appropriations bill.
Because the House and Senate will not be able to work through their spending differences before the end of the fiscal year (September 30), the House and Senate both recently passed a continuing resolution which will keep the government open and level-fund all discretionary government programs until November 21. President Trump is expected to sign the continuing resolution before September 30 to avoid another government shutdown.
Congress will be on recess and back in their home districts starting next week and will return to session in Washington, DC on October 15.
In the Administration: The U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES), under funding from the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE) is conducting a Congressionally-mandated national study to learn more about how State and local adult education programs are providing services under Title II of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WOIA).
One part of this study is the Provider Survey, which provides an opportunity for adult education program directors to participate in the study. The study is being conducted by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and AIR will reach out directly to eligible programs in early October with more information on how to participate. Find more information about the study here.
Together we represent the adult education system of nearly 55,000 leaders, administrators, and educators preparing adults to succeed in a global culture and economy.
Friday, September 13, 2019
The Senate intended to mark up its Labor, Health and Human Services and Education (LHHS) spending bills in the Full Appropriations Committee and in the Subcommittee, but both mark ups were cancelled due to the potential for controversial amendments being introduced.
The Senate did mark up its 302(b) allocations which set individual funding limits for each of the 12 appropriations bills, including LHHS. A 302(b) is just an overall funding limitation on how much total spending a bill can include, and does not include any specific programmatic funding levels. For FY2020 the Senate has allocated $187.7 billion for LHHS. This allocation level would allow for an increase of approximately $8 billion over FY2019, but we hear that the LHHS appropriators intend to increase funding for the National Institute of Health by $3 billion and provide an increase to the Pell Grant program, which could, depending on how this increase is funded, tap into a portion of this additional $8 billion.
As of now, the Senate has not rescheduled its markup on the LHHS spending bill, so we may not see any programmatic funding levels in the near term. At some point this fall, the House and Senate will have to agree to a deal on spending for all programs. Until then, we expect a continuing resolution to pass at FY2019 numbers that will fund the government until November 22. We will keep you updated as we learn more.