Legislative Action Center
In Support of Common Issues and Public Education
Urge Congress to put students first, replace the sequester cuts
With just a week until the December 13 deadline for the budget conference committee to attempt to reach agreement on replacements for the sequester cuts and overall funding levels for this year, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) continue negotiations on a small potential deal. A possible agreement could partially replace the across-the-board sequester cuts with targeted spending cuts that would NOT include Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security; new revenue could be provided without hiking taxes – for example, by raising fees for airline ticket purchases. Fully replacing the sequester and restoring education funding to the level in the Senate appropriations bill could help tens of millions of students – up to 23 million served by Title I alone – by providing an additional $5.6 billion for preK-12 through post-secondary programs in fiscal year 2014.
TAKE ACTION TODAY! – Urge Congress to replace the sequester cuts and invest in education.
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Issues for the 113th Congress:
- Child Nutrition
- ConnectED Initiative/E-rate
- DREAMers/Immigration Reform
- Early Childhood Education
- Education Funding
- Educator Tax Relief
- Health Care
- Higher Education/Student Loans
- IDEA Full Funding
- No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB/ESEA)
- Pension Protection
- Rural Schools
- School Safety/Gun Violence Prevention
- Social Security
- Union Rights