10/16 Update

COVID-19 Relief 
Congressional leaders are still in loose negotiations with the White House in efforts to reach a deal on a COVID-19 relief package. The two sides remain far apart on major issues and at this point, we believe it would be very challenging to get a comprehensive COVID-19 relief bill to the finish line before the election. We expect Leader McConnell to introduce a series of targeted relief bills next week on issues such as the Paycheck Protection Program and airline funding, but these bills are unlikely to include education funding or be signed into law. We will continue to monitor the negotiations and keep you informed if a comprehensive deal becomes more likely. In the meantime, we must continue to advocate for $1 billion in adult education funding to be included in any final package.
 
Regular Appropriations Process  
The fiscal year officially ended on September 30, 2020. Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government level-funded through December 11, 2020, and President Trump signed the CR to avoid a government shutdown. Congress will then turn to passing the FY21 appropriations bills in the lame duck session, or it will pass another CR to extend funding through the new year. We urge you to continue our call for $692 million for adult education programs in the final FY21 bill.   
 
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10/9 Update 

COVID-19 Relief 

Last week House Democrats posted an updated, slimmed down version of the HEROES Act – the bill they introduced and passed in the House in March. The bill does not include any direct funding for Adult Education programs, but Adult Education is an allowable use of funds for education funding. While we are disappointed that the bill did not include separate funding for Adult Education, we must continue to advocate for such funding until a final COVID-19 relief deal is reached.  

 Speaker Pelosi posted this updated bill as a call for the White House and Senate Republicans to come back to the negotiating table. President Trump has ended negotiations with Congressional Democrats and at this point, we believe it would be very challenging to get a COVID-19 relief bill to the finish line before the election. Following a successful National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, if you have not done so already, please thank your Members of Congress for taking the time to hold meetings with you and reemphasize our ask for $1 billion in funding for Adult Education programs.     

 Regular Appropriations Process  

The fiscal year officially ended on September 30, 2020. Last week, Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government level-funded through December 11, 2020 and President Trump signed the CR to avoid a government shutdown. Congress will then turn to passing the FY21 appropriations bills in the lame duck session or it will pass another CR to extend funding through the new year. We urge you to continue our call for $692 million for Adult Education programs in the final FY21 bill.   

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10/2 Update

COVID-19 Relief
Earlier this week House Democrats posted an updated, slimmed down version of the HEROES Act – the bill they introduced and passed in the House in March. The bill does not include any direct funding for adult education programs, but adult education is an allowable use of funds for education funding. While we are disappointed that the bill did not include separate funding for adult education, we must continue to advocate for such funding until a final COVID-19 relief deal is reached.
 
Speaker Pelosi posted this updated bill as a call for the White House and Senate Republicans to come back to the negotiating table. We will keep you updated if the negotiations progress. At this point, we still believe it would be very challenging to get a COVID-19 relief bill to the finish line before the election. Following a successful National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, please thank your Members of Congress for taking the time to hold meetings with you and reemphasize our ask for $1 billion in funding for adult education programs.    
 
Regular Appropriations Process
The fiscal year officially ended on September 30, 2020. Last week, the House passed a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government level-funded through December 11, 2020. This week, the Senate passed, and President Trump signed, the CR to avoid a government shutdown. Congress will then turn to passing the FY21 appropriations bills in the lame duck session. We urge you to continue our call for $692 million for adult education programs in the final FY21 bill.  
 
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9/18 Update

COVID-19 Relief
Negotiations between Congressional Republicans, Congressional Democrats, and the White House on the next COVID-19 relief package remain at an impasse. We will continue to monitor the negotiations closely and keep you up to date. Our September Capitol Hill Week is well timed for you to engage with your Members of Congress as they are in negotiations and ask for $1 billion in funding for adult education programs.  

Regular Appropriations Process    
As we have reported, the House passed the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (LHHS) bill on Friday, July 31st as part of a minibus with other spending bills. The bill includes $664 million (an increase of $7 million over FY2020) for the Adult Education State Grant program. While this bill is not final, it is great to see a proposed increase for adult education funding! The bill included positive report language as well, which called for coordination between career and technical education and adult education. 

The end of the fiscal year is on September 30, 2020. We expect Congress to pass a continuing resolution to keep the government level-funded through at least the November 2020 election. Congress will then turn to passing the FY21 appropriations bills in the lame duck session or early in 2021. We urge you to continue our call for $692 million for adult education programs in the final FY21 bill. 

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8/28 Update  

COABE September Virtual Capitol Hill Visits During Adult Education and Family Literacy Week
Following the success of April Advocacy month, we are excited to move forward with another virtual advocacy event that will take place from September 20 to September 26 – during Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. We invite state associations to work with COABE to set up meetings with governors and members of congress that include a teacher, administrator, adult learner and a member of COABE. We invite the general membership to amplify our voices on Capitol Hill by calling, emailing and tweeting at your Members of Congress as well as submitting videos (that you can take from your cell phone) about why you love adult education and why you need funding for your program. We have provided you with numerous resources to prepare for the advocacy week and encourage you to visit our dedicate page. You can also watch the webinar we held for the membership here. Stay tuned for more information, and we look forward to raising our voices together on Capitol Hill in support of adult education during these trying times.

COVID-19 Relief  
Negotiations between Congressional Republicans, Congressional Democrats and the White House on the next COVID-19 relief package are not making significant progress and are unlikely to move forward until mid-September. We will continue to monitor the negotiations closely and keep you up to date. Our September Capitol Hill Week is well timed for you to engage with your Members of Congress as they are in negotiations and ask for $1 billion in funding for adult education programs.
  
Regular Appropriations Process  
The House passed the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (LHHS) bill on Friday, July 31 as part of a minibus with other spending bills. The bill includes $664 million (an increase of $7 million over FY2020) for the Adult Education State Grant program. While this bill is not final, it is great to see a proposed increase for adult education funding! The bill included positive report language as well, which called for coordination between career and technical education and adult education.  As a reminder, this bill still needs to be negotiated with the Senate and approved by the President before becoming law. There has not been any progress on the Senate appropriations process. Therefore, we expect there will not be enough time to pass all 12 spending bills before the end of the fiscal year, which will result in a continuing resolution to keep the government funded through the election. We urge you to continue our call for $692 million for adult education programs in the final FY21 bill.

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