February 28, 2013
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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