Action Alert: Congress Passes Additional Spending Stopgap as Negotiations Continue
This week, the Senate approved a House-passed continuing resolution (CR) through March 11. The stopgap measure, which keeps federal funding at current levels and avoids a government shutdown, provides Congress additional time to come to a final spending deal for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022. Congress has been debating FY 2022 for months, and, in the last few weeks, has finally made headway on topline spending, enabling appropriators to get to work on the details of their spending bills.
The stakes are high for completion of FY 2022 appropriations, especially in the education domain. Overall, a 40 percent increase to programs within the U.S. Department of Education has been proposed, and that includes approximately three billion additional dollars for programs within the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)—an increase of that level could, for the first time, put IDEA on the path to full funding, one of CEC’s top priorities.
Thanks in large part to grassroots advocates like yourselves, Congress has finally put a landmark proposal on the table that would provide a meaningful increase to IDEA. Please urge your lawmakers to get this proposal over the finish line! All it takes is a few clicks to make your voice heard.
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