At 4:30 a.m. this morning the House voted 235-189 to pass H.R. 1, the continuing resolution (CR) that would reduce spending on federal programs by $60 billion below current FY10 levels. The bill includes cutting $103 million from Perkins Tech Prep.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA) said of the bill, â€œCongressional Republicans have spent the last six weeks ignoring jobs and refusing to offer a plan to grow our economy. Today, they have made matters worse â€“ passing a spending bill that destroys jobs, weakens the middle class, hurts schools and young adults, eliminates assistance to homeless veterans, and diminishes critical investments in our future.â€
When the Senate returns from recess on February 28, they will take up the bill, but it is unlikely to pass. The Senate has said they will introduce their own short term resolution. Earlier this week, House Speaker John Boehner (OH) said that he would not vote for a CR that does not include cuts, but yesterday he said that a CR that could avoid a government shutdown would be ready â€œsoon enough.â€
Remember to call your Senator TODAY to ask them to restore Tech Prep funding!