Washington Update, July 17, 2023 Dear Colleagues: On Thursday, House Republicans released their FY2024 Labor HHS Education Appropriations bill. The bill provides $67.4 billion in discretionary funding for the Department of Education- a 15% cut. However, when taking into account the additional $10 billion of [...]
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Dear Colleagues: We have finally made it to mid-term election week. Congress remains on recess until after the elections, but important work continues. It is my hope that by the end of the week we will have the complete results of the mid-term elections and [...]
Dear Colleagues: While Congress is on an extended recess leading in to the mid-term elections, work behind the scenes continues. Washington Update typically breaks with Congress, but you can expect to see updates coming to your inbox leading up to the mid-terms. 1. Democratic Senators [...]
Dear Colleagues: On Friday, Congress passed a short term spending measure that keeps the government funded at its current levels through December 16th and averts a government shutdown. Now is the time to flex your advocacy muscles- tell your story and encourage your Members of [...]
Dear Colleagues: This week, Washington D.C. welcomed more than 2000 in-person participants and 1500 virtual attendees for the annual National HBCU Week Conference . This year’s conference focused on the work the federal government is doing to meet President Biden’s executive order that directed federal [...]
Dear Colleagues: This week, Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden launched their "Road to Success Back to School Bus Tour" . The tour kicked off in Tennessee with a visit highlighting ways states and districts are recruiting and preparing [...]
Dear Colleagues: Congress may have been on recess for the month of August, but it certainly did not feel like a break. Behind the scenes staffers maintained diligent in their work as Members spent time both in DC and their home states and districts for [...]
Dear Colleagues: This week marked the 32nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This landmark civil rights legislation represents the promise of inclusion and access for individuals with disabilities across our nation. While our country has made significant progress since the law was [...]
Dear Colleagues: Time is winding down in Congress as Members prepare for the Summer recess. While there is always much to be done- we don’t expect much movement on FY2023 appropriations until the fall. As always, your voice at the table is imperative to ensuring [...]
Dear Colleagues: This week, the 87th biennial American Federation of Teachers convention is taking place in Boston, where the city will welcome more than 3,000 members and leaders of the labor group. Today, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden will address the AFT with Labor Secretary [...]