6/4 Update

President’s Budget Request/American Jobs Plan
One week ago, President Biden released his fiscal year (FY) 2022 budget request. The president proposed $675 million in funding for WIOA Title II Adult Education programs. This funding request is level funded with FY2021. As you know, our bipartisan Senate and House champions have asked for an increase of $135 million, or $810 million in funding for FY2022.

The president also provided further details about his American Jobs Plan which included $100 million in new mandatory funding for adult education. This is an important step towards our goal of $1 billion in COVID-19 relief funds for adult education.

We appreciate the president’s commitment to continue funding at $675 million as well as the inclusion of $100 million towards adult education programs in the American Jobs Plan. Please keep in mind that this number is not final, as the FY2022 spending bills are ultimately negotiated and finalized by Congress. Now that the president’s budget request has been officially released, we expect the House of Representatives to start marking up spending bills over the next month or so. The Senate’s process will start later this summer.

Now is the time to build on our successful efforts with our House and Senate champions to continue to advocate for the $810 million in funding for FY2022 that we know our programs need.

FY2022 Senate Dear Colleague Update
As you know, COABE is working with Senator Reed (D-RI) and Senator Young (R-IN) to request an increase in funding for the Adult State Education Grant Program to $810 million for FY2022 and to put the program on a glidepath to have its funding doubled in the next 5 years. Senators Reed and Young have been circulating a “Dear Colleague” letter with these requests, for sign on by their fellow senators.

We need your help, in this final push, to ensure that our “Dear Colleague” letter receives a significant number of signatures. This is especially important given the fact that President Biden proposed level funding for adult education programs for FY2022. Thank you to everyone who reached out to their Senators so far. Remember, the more bipartisan signatures a letter gets, the more support is demonstrated for the Adult Education State Grant program in Congress.
 
We are thrilled to announce the following senators have signed on to the letter: Jack Reed (D-RI), Todd Young (R-IN), Angus King (I-ME), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Tina Smith (D-MN), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Ed Markey (D-MA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Mazie Hirono (D-HI) Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Diane Feinstein (D-CA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Gary Peters (D-MI), Alex Padilla (D-CA), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Mark Kelly (D-AZ), Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM).  If the senators that represent your state are not on this list, please reach out to your senators using Engage and request that they demonstrate their support for adult education by signing on to the letter.  The time to act is now!

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5/28 Update

Federal COVID-19 Relief/Infrastructure Update   
Earlier this year, the Biden administration released their fact sheet on the infrastructure package, the American Jobs Plan, and it specifically calls out adult literacy! Towards the end of the document, the fact sheet states “His plan will better tailor services to workers’ job seeking and career development needs through investments in Expanded Career Services and the Title II adult literacy program.” While we don’t have details on funding or specifics yet, we are encouraged and appreciative of the statement that President Biden will invest in Title II adult literacy programs. Stay tuned – we might get more information later TODAY when the President releases his Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget request.

Looking ahead, we need to continue this momentum and advocate with Congress to make sure an investment in adult education is included in their proposal as well, as this will ultimately need to pass through Congress. As you all know, the needs of our adult education programs are significant. We are hopeful that this elevation to the national stage will bring additional investment and supports to programs across the country. We will keep you posted as we get more information, but this is a great first step! If you have not done so already, please reach out to your Members of Congress to advocate for $1 billion in funding to be included in their response to the American Jobs Plan proposal.

Appropriations Update
As mentioned above, we expect President Biden to release his FY2022 budget request later today. We will be monitoring the request to see what the administration proposes for adult education programs. As a reminder, the President’s budget request is not a final bill, his request must be considered by Congress through the appropriations process. 
The FY2022 appropriations process is already underway on Capitol Hill. COABE is working with Senator Reed (D-RI) and Senator Young (R-IN) to request an increase in funding for the Adult State Education Grant Program to $810 million for FY2022 and to put the program on a glidepath to have its funding doubled in the next 5 years. Senators Reed and Young are circulating a “Dear Colleague” letter with these requests, for sign on by their fellow Senators.

We need your help, in this final push, to ensure that our “Dear Colleague” letter receives a significant number of signatures. Thank you to everyone who reached out to their Senators so far. The more bipartisan signatures a letter gets, the more support is demonstrated for the Adult Education State Grant program in in Congress.
 
We are thrilled to announce the following Senators have signed on to the letter: Jack Reed (D-RI), Todd Young (R-IN), Angus King (I-ME), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Tina Smith (D-MN), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Ed Markey (D-MA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Mazie Hirono (D-HI) Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Diane Feinstein (D-CA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Gary Peters (D-MI), Alex Padilla (D-CA), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Mark Kelly (D-AZ), Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM).  If the Senators that represent your State are not on this list, please reach out to your Senators using Engage and request that they demonstrate their support for adult education by signing on to the letter.  The time to act is now!

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5/21 Update

Federal COVID-19 Relief/Infrastructure Update   
Earlier this year, the Biden administration released their fact sheet on the infrastructure package, the American Jobs Plan, and it specifically calls out adult literacy! Towards the end of the document, the fact sheet states “His plan will better tailor services to workers’ job seeking and career development needs through investments in Expanded Career Services and the Title II adult literacy program.” While we don’t have details on funding or specifics yet, we are encouraged and appreciative of the statement that President Biden will invest in Title II adult literacy programs. Stay tuned – we might get more information next week when the President releases his fiscal year (FY) 2022 budget request.

Looking ahead, we need to continue this momentum and advocate with Congress to make sure an investment in adult education is included in their proposal as well, as this will ultimately need to pass through Congress. As you all know, the needs of our adult education programs are significant. We are hopeful that this elevation to the national stage will bring additional investment and support to programs across the country. We will keep you posted as we get more information, but this is a great first step! If you have not done so already, please reach out to your Members of Congress to advocate for $1 billion in funding to be included in their response to the American Jobs Plan proposal.

Appropriations Update
As mentioned above, we expect President Biden to release his FY2022 budget request late next week. We will be monitoring the request to see what the administration proposes for adult education programs. As a reminder, the President’s budget request is not a final bill, his request must be considered by Congress through the appropriations process.
 
The FY2022 appropriations process is already underway on Capitol Hill. COABE is working with Senator Reed (D-RI) and Senator Young (R-IN) to request an increase in funding for the Adult State Education Grant Program to $810 million for FY2022 and to put the program on a glidepath to have its funding doubled in the next 5 years. Senators Reed and Young are circulating a “Dear Colleague” letter with these requests, for sign on by their fellow Senators.

The deadline to sign on to this letter has just been extended into next week! We need your help to ensure that our “Dear Colleague” letter receives a significant number of signatures. Thank you to everyone who reached out to their Senators so far. The more bipartisan signatures a letter gets, the more support is demonstrated for the Adult Education State Grant program in Congress.
 
We are thrilled to announce the following Senators have signed on to the letter: Jack Reed (D-RI), Todd Young (R-IN), Angus King (I-ME), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Tina Smith (D-MN), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Ed Markey (D-MA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Mazie Hirono (D-HI) Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Diane Feinstein (D-CA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Gary Peters (D-MI), Alex Padilla (D-CA), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Mark Kelly (D-AZ).  If the Senators that represent your state are not on this list, please reach out to your Senators using Engage and request that they demonstrate their support for adult education by signing on to the letter.  The time to act is now!

 


 

5/14 Update

Federal COVID-19 Relief/Infrastructure Update   
Earlier this year, the Biden administration released their fact sheet on the infrastructure package, the American Jobs Plan, and it specifically calls out adult literacy! Towards the end of the document, the fact sheet states, “His plan will better tailor services to workers’ job seeking and career development needs through investments in Expanded Career Services and the Title II adult literacy program.” While we don’t have details on funding or specifics yet, we are encouraged and appreciative of the statement that President Biden will invest in Title II adult literacy programs.

Looking ahead, we need to continue this momentum and advocate with Congress to make sure an investment in adult education is included in their proposal as well, as this will ultimately need to pass through Congress. As you all know, the needs of our adult education programs are significant. We are hopeful that this elevation to the national stage will bring additional investment and supports to programs across the country. We will keep you posted as we get more information, but this is a great first step! If you have not done so already, please reach out to your Members of Congress to advocate for $1 billion in funding to be included in their response to the American Jobs Plan proposal.

Appropriations Update
The FY2022 appropriations process is underway on Capitol Hill. COABE is engaging on a two-part ask for adult education for FY2022. We are calling for funding for the Adult Education State Grant program to be doubled over the next 5 fiscal years. To reach this goal, we are advocating for $810 million (an increase of $135 million over FY2021) for the Adult Education State Grant program for FY2022.
 
Good news! The Senate fiscal year (FY) 2022 “Dear Colleague” letter is now circulating for sign-on by Senators. The letter is bipartisan and is led by Senator Reed (D-RI) and Senator Young (R-IN). The letter requests an increase in funding for the Adult State Education Grant Program to $810 million for fiscal year (FY) 2022 and a request to put the program on a glidepath to have its funding doubled in the next 5 years. Please see below for the letter text. On the House side, Representative Yarmuth (Chair of the Budget Committee) submitted the letter requests as a personal priority to the appropriations committee.
 
Deadline Approaching
We need your help to ensure that our “Dear Colleague” letter receives a significant number of signatures
. Remember, the more bipartisan signatures a letter gets, the more support is demonstrated for the Adult Education State Grant program in in Congress. The deadline for your Senators to sign this letter is Monday, May 17th. So far, the following Senators have signed on to the letter: Jack Reed (D-RI), Todd Young (R-IN), Angus King (I-ME), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Tina Smith (D-MN), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Ed Markey (D-MA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Mazie Hirono (D-HI) Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Diane Feinstein (D-CA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Gary Peters (D-MI).  If the Senators that represent your state are not on this list, please reach out to your Senators using Engage and request that they demonstrate their support for adult education by signing on to the letter. The time to act is now! 

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