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Legislative Update: CTE Caucus, Appropriations

CTE Caucus Names New Republican Co-Chair

The House Congressional CTE Caucus has a new Republican co-chair, Rep. Glenn Thompson (PA). Founded in 2007, the Congressional CTE Caucus has approximately 60 members, and has as its mission to “enhance awareness in Congress of the importance of career and technical education in preparing a well-educated and skilled workforce in America.”

Elected to Congress in 2008, Rep. Thompson represents his state’s most rural district, covering central and western Pennsylvania. He serves on the Education and Workforce Committee, the Small Business Committee and was recently named chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy & Forestry. Rep. Thompson is also a member of the Congressional Rural Caucus. Prior to being elected to Congress, Thompson spent 28 years as a healthcare professional.

House Appropriations Committee Names Republican Members of Labor-HHS Subcommittee

On Friday House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (KY) announced the Republican members of the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services:

  • Dennis Rehberg, Chairman (MT)
  • Jerry Lewis (CA)
  • Rodney Alexander (LA)
  • Jack Kingston (GA)
  • Kay Granger (TX)
  • Mike Simpson (ID)
  • Jeff Flake (AZ)
  • Cynthia Lummis (WY)

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (CT) will be the Ranking Member, but other Democratic members of the subcommittee have yet to be announced. This subcommittee will oversee funding for education, workforce and health care programs, including Perkins. If your state is represented on the subcommittee, be sure to call them to stress the importance of maintaining funding for Perkins!

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