May/June Government Relations Report

It has been relatively quiet on the domestic front in Washington as Congress has finally closed the books on Fiscal 2018 spending and begun to turn its attention to FY 2019.

On May 22, Secretary DeVos testified before the House Education and Workforce Committee. In her prepared testimony, the Secretary repeated her challenge to all parties to "rethink school." She reported on the progress made in implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and reported that she has approved 46 plans. She also pointed to regulatory relief achieved in the K-12 space and noted that rulemaking had begun in the higher education area. She reported that work to draft new proposed regulations on sexual harassment and misconduct is well underway. She also pointed to changes being made to modernize Federal Student Aid (FSA) technology and customer service and promised further improvements in the future. She also said, "this Administration is committed to swift action to keep our nation's students and teachers safe at school," and reported that the Federal Commission on School Safety is interested in hearing from anyone "who is focused on identifying and elevating solutions."

Success Files Features Educate & Elevate

Educate & Elevate has been highlighted in "Success Files," an award-winning program that highlights new stories and innovative concepts through groundbreaking documentary presentations. The program aired on PBS and was hosted by actor Rob Lowe.

The Educate & Elevate campaign story featured a short, six-minute documentary about the power and relevancy of adult education and reached over 148 million viewers.

Here's a peek into some of the documentary's storylines:

  • Dr. Lorraine Morales serves as the president of Pima Community College, but before achieving this status she was a single mother who had dropped out of school. She earned her GED® certificate through adult school classes and continued her studies to earn a doctorate.
  • Dr. Richard Carmona grew up on the streets of the Bronx, was homeless at one point, and then dropped out of school to serve in the Army. While in the Army, he earned his GED® credential and two Purple Hearts. He was tapped by President George W. Bush for the position of 17th surgeon general and was the only surgeon general to ever be unanimously confirmed by the Senate.

There are so many amazing stories about the power of adult education, and "Success Files" will be sure to inspire audiences and stimulate conversations across the nation

COABE NCSDAE Legislative Alert

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APRIL GOVERNMENT RELATIONS REPORT

Things are relatively quiet in Washington these days on the domestic front. On March 23, the President signed the Consolidated Omnibus Appropriations Act which, as you know, included $35 million more federal funds for adult education. This six percent increase brought funding up to $631 million. This is the largest increase in federal funding in memory.

Now, the focus shifts to FY 2019 appropriations.

Senators Reed (D-RI) and Blumenthal (D-CT) circulated a "Dear Colleague" letter seeking $664.5 million, the level authorized in WIOA for FY 2019. The letter, addressed to Senators Blunt and Murray, the Chair and Ranking Member, respectively of the Senate Labor-HHS-Education appropriations subcommittee, got 23 signatures (an increase of seven over last year's effort). Other Senators signaled their support for adult education but said they don't sign such letters. 

Members Continue to Receive Responses When Writing Legislators

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March 13, 2018

Dear Ms. Regina Suitt,

Thank you for contacting me regarding the Trump Administration's Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 proposed budget. I appreciate your thoughts on this important issue. 

The president's budget request serves the dual purpose of publicly stating his fiscal priorities and providing a starting point for discussions in Congress as the House and Senate consider how best to fund the federal government. It is important to note that only Congress has the constitutional power to appropriate funds, not the Executive Branch. I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress and the administration to ensure all federal programs provide the highest levels of service to the public as well as a high level of return on taxpayers' dollars. As the budget and appropriations process for FY 2019 moves forward, I will keep your funding requests in mind. 

As the 115th Congress addresses the many challenges facing our nation, I hope you will continue to share your thoughts and concerns. To keep up with my work in Congress, you can follow me on Twitter and Facebook, or visit my website at 

mcsally.house.gov where you can sign up to receive my e-newsletter. Again, thank you for sharing your concerns. Please continue contacting my office regarding issues that you feel are important to you and Southern Arizona.

In Service,

MARTHA McSALLY
Member of Congress

Grass Top Communication to Legislators

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Ad Placed in The Hill
COABE and NCSDAE took out a full page, full color ad in The Hill, a newspaper that is read by legislators and their staffers (View the ad on page 7 HERE). We also sent out a press release (HERE) regarding our efforts which reached more than 68,000,000 viewers.

Talking Points for Legislators and Staffers
Once a week COABE sends an email to all legislators and their staffers that highlights our Talking Points. The emails have a 10% click rate which is excellent for congressional emails according to industry standards. We have received responses from the offices of Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island, Senator Alexander of Tennessee, and Senator Heinrich of New Mexico. View and please share our "Talking Points" HERE