Dear Representative

April 8, 2014  |  No Comments  |  by Broddy  |  Letters to Congress

April 8, 2014

Dear Representative:
The Committee for Education Funding (CEF), a coalition of 114 national education associations and institutions representing early learning to postgraduate education, writes to express our strong opposition to H. Con. Res. 96, the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Budget Resolution as reported by the Budget Committee.

This budget would devastate funding for education and make college less affordable by more than doubling the level of cuts required by the sequester starting in FY 2016, freezing the maximum Pell grant for ten years, eliminating over $90 billion in mandatory funding for Pell grants (which will almost certainly result in a substantial cut to the maximum award), increasing student indebtedness by $47 billion by eliminating the in-school interest subsidy for subsidized student loans and restricting income-based repayment, and narrowing eligibility for need-based student aid. It also eliminates all funding for public and school libraries, museums and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

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Dear Budget Committee Member

April 8, 2014  |  No Comments  |  by Broddy  |  Letters to Congress, Uncategorized

April 1, 2014

Dear Budget Committee Member:

The Committee for Education Funding (CEF), a coalition of 114 national education associations and institutions representing early learning to postgraduate education, writes to express our strong opposition to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Budget Resolution as introduced by Chairman Ryan.

This budget would devastate funding for education and make college less affordable by more than doubling the level of cuts required by the sequester starting in FY 2016, freezing the maximum Pell grant for ten years, eliminating almost $100 billion in mandatory funding for Pell grants (which will almost certainly result in a substantial cut to the maximum award), increasing student indebtedness by eliminating the in-school interest subsidy for subsidized student loans, and narrowing eligibility for need-based student aid. It also eliminates all funding for public and school libraries, museums and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

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Dear Representative

December 11, 2013  |  No Comments  |  by Broddy  |  Letters to Congress

December 11, 2013

The Committee for Education Funding (CEF), a coalition of 111 national education associations and institutions representing preschool to postgraduate education, is writing to express our support for the Senate Amendment (the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) of 2013) to H.J. Res. 59.

 While the BBA is not ideal since it fails to fully replace the remaining eight years of sequester cuts to education and other nondefense discretionary (NDD) programs and only partially replaces the sequester cuts for Fiscal Years 2014 and 2015, it is a positive step in the right direction.

After three years of budget cuts that moved our nation backward on efforts to improve overall student achievement, close achievement gaps, and increase high school graduation and college access and completion rates, the BBA turns a corner by providing the Appropriations Committee with an allocation sufficient to  restore the overwhelming majority of the cuts in Fiscal Year 2014.

Education programs (exclusive of Pell grants) have already been cut multiple times in the past two and a half years, including $1.5 billion in combined cuts from the FY 2011 CR and the FY 2012 omnibus.  In addition, cuts, restrictions and limitations on interest subsidies for federal student loans and curtailed eligibility for Pell grants resulted in college students contributing $5.6 billion out of their pockets to deficit reduction.

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Senate Sequester Bills

March 7, 2013  |  No Comments  |  by Broddy  |  Letters to Congress

February 28, 2013

Dear Senator:

The Committee for Education Funding (CEF), a coalition of 106 national education associations and institutions from birth to postgraduate education, writes in support of S. 388, the American Family Economic Protection Act of 2013 and in opposition to S. 16, to provide flexibility to the Administration to determine where the sequester cuts occur.

CEF, our member organizations, educators, students, schools, colleges and libraries are strongly opposed to the harmful sequester cuts scheduled to take effect tomorrow. These sequestration cuts would chop funding for programs in the Department of Education by $2.5 billion. In addition, Head Start would be cut by $398 million. This would be the largest cut EVER to education programs. Sequestration would move us backwards, by slashing Department of Education non-Pell grant discretionary funding below the Fiscal Year (FY) 2004 level. Institutions of higher education will also be hit hard by cuts to vital research programs, including NIH (-$1.54 billion) and NSF (-$358 million).

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Letter to Representative Eric Cantor

November 13, 2012  |  No Comments  |  by Broddy  |  Letters to Congress

November 7, 2012

Dear Republican Colleague:

This election was filled with good news, and bad news. The good news is that the American people responded to two years of House Republican leadership by sending us back with a strong majority. It is clear that our efforts to improve the economy and create the conditions for job growth were well-received, and I congratulate you all for sharing that message and returning to Washington to finish the job. The bad news is that we did not get the partner in the White House that we desired. After an arduous campaign, it is disappointing, but there is still work to get done and we must achieve as many of our goals as possible working with President Obama. We now know the results of the election, but what are the results for the American people?

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Education is not welfare

October 24, 2012  |  No Comments  |  by Broddy  |  Letters to Congress

Dear Senator Sessions:

The Committee for Education Funding (CEF), a coalition of 99 education associations and institutions from PreK to postgraduate education, is writing to express our astonishment and deep disappointment with your recent statement equating federal funding for critical education programs as welfare (Sessions Comments On Congressional Report Showing Welfare Is Single Largest Federal Expense).

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Senate Budget Resolutions

May 15, 2012  |  No Comments  |  by Broddy  |  Letters to Congress

May 15, 2012

Dear Senator:

The Committee for Education Funding (CEF), a coalition of 95 education associations and institutions from birth to postgraduate education, is writing to express our strong opposition to several proposed Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Resolutions that will be voted on tomorrow.

H. Con. Res. 112, the House-passed Budget Resolution would severely slash funding for education programs, decimate student financial assistance and make college less affordable. It will move our nation backward in efforts to close achievement gaps, improve overall student achievement, and increase high school graduation, college access and college completion rates.

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Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act of 2012

May 10, 2012  |  No Comments  |  by Broddy  |  Letters to Congress

May 9, 2012

Dear Representative:

The Committee for Education Funding (CEF), a coalition of 95 education associations and institutions from birth to postgraduate education, writes in strong opposition to the Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act of 2012, reported from the Budget Committee, and to the overall approach to sequestration contained in the House-passed Budget Resolution (H. Con. Res. 112).

The Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Resolution and this legislation would replace the sequester, but do so by imposing dramatically deeper cuts to education and all other nondefense discretionary programs.  First, in FY 2013 the Budget Resolution and the Sequester Replacement Act (HR 4966), which has been incorporated into this bill, cut overall FY 2013 discretionary spending by $19 billion and nondefense spending by $27 billion below the levels established on a bipartisan basis in the Budget Control Act (BCA).

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302b FY 2013 letter

March 19, 2012  |  No Comments  |  by Broddy  |  Letters to Congress

March 16, 2012

 

The Honorable Daniel K. Inouye                                                  The Honorable Thad Cochran
Chairman                                                                                                 Ranking Member
Committee on Appropriations                                                       Committee on Appropriations
U.S. Senate                                                                                             U.S. Senate
Washington, DC 20510                                                                     Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Harold Rogers                                                      The Honorable Norm Dicks
Chairman                                                                                                 Ranking Member
Committee on Appropriations                                                       Committee on Appropriations
U.S. House of Representatives                                                      U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515                                                                     Washington, DC 20515

 

The 902 undersigned organizations—representing the full range of stakeholders in the programs of the Departments of Education, Health and Human Services and Labor—urge you to provide the largest possible FY 2013 302(b) allocation to the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee within the discretionary cap established by the Budget Control Act (BCA). Rebuilding our investment in these domestic programs will boost the economy and reduce the deficit through prevention of costly chronic diseases, increased earnings, and reduced expenditures for unemployment and other social service programs.

 

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PASS the FIX AMERICA’S SCHOOLS ACT, S. 1597

December 2, 2011  |  No Comments  |  by Broddy  |  Letters to Congress

December 2, 2011

PASS the FIX AMERICA’S SCHOOLS ACT, S. 1597

 Dear Senator:

 The following 173 organizations are writing to support the Fix America’s Schools Today (FAST) Act, S.1597.  Modernizing schools and community colleges in local communities will create better learning environments for students and generate much needed jobs.  The FAST Act will invest resources to repair, renovate and modernize America’s schools and community colleges while stimulating and creating some 300,000 jobs. Much needed local jobs will be generated in the construction industry among suppliers, ranging from architects and engineers to electrical, plumbing and roofing contractors and other construction workers who modernize, renovate and repair schools.

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