This week, the Senate took their turn at writing and approving an FY 2010 appropriations bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education (Labor HHS, Education) . On Tuesday the Labor HHS Education Subcommittee approved their version of the bill and on Thursday the full Senate Appropriations Committee approved the bill. The bill maintains flat funding for Perkins Basic State Grants, National Programs, and Tech Prep. This is consistent with what was included in President Obamaâ€™s budget submission and in the version of the Labor HHS Education Appropriations Bill approved by the House of Representatives last week. Reliable sources in the Senate have reported that the Senate will likely not vote on this bill before the Senate adjourns for August recess and that they will consider the bill in September.