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.