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7/31 Update

COVID-19 Relief

Earlier this week Senate Republicans unveiled their version of the next COVID-19 relief package, called the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools (HEALS) Act. While we are disappointed that the HEALS Act does not include dedicated funding for adult education programs, this is not final, and much will change before a bill is signed into law. As you know, Senate Democrats included $1 billion for adult education in their Coronavirus Child Care and Education Relief Act (CCCERA), which means that our funding request is on the table. Negotiations between Congressional Republicans, Congressional Democrats and the White House are underway right now. Now is the time to engage with your Members of Congress to urge them to include $1 billion for adult education in the final COVID-19 relief package. As we have reported, the goal is for a final package to be completed before August recess, but negotiations could continue into the month of August – thus delaying the Congressional recess.   

 Regular Appropriations Process

The House is expected to vote and pass the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (LHHS) bill today, 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.

 If you have not already done so, please reach out to your Members of Congress with this action alert to advocate for adult education funding.  

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7/24 Update  

COVID-19 Relief 
Keep up the great advocacy work! As part of ongoing negotiations for the next COVID-19 package, Senate Democrats introduced the Coronavirus Child Care and Education Relief Act (CCCERA) that included $1 billion in relief funding for adult education. While this is just a step in the process, it’s a very positive step! Now we need to work together to ensure the final COVID-19 package – which is being negotiated right now – includes that $1 billion for adult education. The goal is for a final package to be completed before August recess, but negotiations could continue into the month of August – thus delaying the Congressional recess.  

 Regular Appropriations Process  

The House Appropriations Committee marked up and passed the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (LHHS) bill on Monday, July 13. The Committee voted 30 to 22 to approve the Democrat-led bill. Thanks to your advocacy – the bill included $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 is not a final bill and still needs to be approved by the House and negotiated with the Senate. We expect the full House to consider the LHHS bill on the floor late next week, as a part of a minibus with other spending bills.  

 As we have reported, the Senate appropriations process has been delayed and we do not expect all 12 appropriations bills to be signed and passed into law before the end of the fiscal year. There will likely be a continuing resolution to keep the government funded through the election.  

 Please reach out to your Members of Congress with this action alert to advocate for adult education funding.  

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7/17 Update

COVID-19 Relief
Your voice is making a difference! As part of ongoing negotiations for the next COVID-19 package, Senate Democrats introduced the Coronavirus Child Care and Education Relief Act (CCCERA) that included $1 billion in relief funding for adult education. While this is just a step in the process, it’s a very positive step! Now we need to work together to ensure the final COVID-19 package – which is being negotiated right now – includes that $1 billion for adult education. We expect negotiations to start picking up next week, when Senate Republicans release their version of the next COVID-19 relief package. The goal is for a final package to be completed before August recess, but negotiations could continue into the month of August – thus delaying the Congressional recess.

Regular Appropriations Process 

The full House Appropriations Committee marked up and passed the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (LHHS) bill on Monday, July 13. The Committee voted 30 to 22 to approve the Democrat-led bill. Thanks to your advocacy – the bill included $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. We will continue to monitor if and when this bill moves to the House floor for consideration. As a reminder, this is not a final bill and still needs to be approved by the House and negotiated with the Senate.

As we have reported, the Senate appropriations process has been delayed and we do not expect all 12 appropriations bills to be signed and passed into law before the end of the fiscal year. There will likely be a continuing resolution to keep the government funded through the election. 

Please reach out to your Members of Congress with this action alert to advocate for adult education funding.

 


 

7/10 Update

COVID-19 Relief
Your voice is making a difference! As part of ongoing negotiations for the next COVID package, Senate Democrats introduced the Coronavirus Child Care and Education Relief Act (CCCERA) that included $1 billion in relief funding for adult ed! While this is just a step in the process, it’s a very positive step! Now we need to work together to ensure the final COVID package – which will be negotiated throughout July – includes that $1 billion for adult education. As a reminder, the House of Representatives passed its COVID package, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act on May 15.

Regular Appropriations Process 

The House of Representatives is in the process of marking up fiscal year 2021 spending bills beginning this week and going into the week of July 13. The Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (LHHS) bill was marked up on Tuesday, July 7. The bill included $664 million (an increase of $7 million over FY2020) for Adult Education State Grants. The subcommittee voted 9 to 6, along party lines, to approve the Democrat-led bill. We will continue to monitor as this bill moves throughout the appropriations process. As a reminder, this is not a final bill and still needs to be approved by the full House Appropriations Committee and negotiated with the Senate.

As we have reported, the Senate appropriations process has been delayed and we do not expect all 12 appropriations bills to be signed and passed into law before the end of the fiscal year. There will likely be a continuing resolution to keep the government funded through the election. 

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7/3 Update 

COVID-19 Relief

Your voice is making a difference! As part of ongoing negotiations for the next COVID package, Senate Democrats introduced a bill today that includes $1 billion in relief funding for adult ed! While this is just a step in the process, it’s a very positive step! Now we need to work together to ensure the final COVID package – which will be negotiated throughout July – includes that $1 billion for adult education. (As a reminder, the House of Representatives passed its COVID package, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act on May 15.)

Regular Appropriations Process 

The House of Representatives plans to mark up its fiscal year 2021 spending bills during the weeks of July 6 and July 13. The Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (LHHS) bill (the subcommittee with jurisdiction over adult education funding) is scheduled for a mark up on Tuesday, July 7 at 5:00 PM. Please note that this date could change, and we will keep you updated on timing and content of the markup. The Senate appropriations process has been delayed. While the overall appropriations process is moving forward, we do not expect all 12 appropriations bills to be signed and passed into law before the end of the fiscal year. There will likely be a continuing resolution to keep the government funded through the election.  

 


 

A letter from Senator Debbie Stabenow

Dear Bob,

Thank you for contacting me about protecting Michigan workers and their families from the coronavirus pandemic and its widespread economic damage. I strongly agree we must do everything we can to protect people from this deadly virus and address the widespread damage to our economy.

I share your support for increasing federal support for federal workforce development and adult education programs in response to the coronavirus pandemic. That is why I’ve called on my colleagues to support increasing funding for programs under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which is the primary federal law supporting workforce development and adult education programs, and the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. You can count on my continued support for workforce and adult education programs as Congress continues to address the coronavirus pandemic and its widespread damage to Michigan’s economy.

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A letter from Senator Senator Bob Casey

Dear Ms. Weinberger:

Thank you for taking the time to contact me about adult education in the wake of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. I appreciate hearing from you about this issue.

I believe that anyone with the drive, fortitude and desire to pursue the opportunities afforded by postsecondary education should be able to realize that dream, regardless of their personal financial situation. Increasingly, a postsecondary education is required to obtain jobs that meet middle-class economic needs. However, data from the U.S. Census shows that 14 percent of adults over the age of 25 have less than a high school diploma.

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