ADMINISTRATION RELEASES FY 2020 BUDGET REQUEST
SEVERE CUT PROPOSED TO ADULT EDUCATION
The administration just released its FY 2020 budget proposal, which seeks to cut domestic spending 5% below FY 2019. However, the proposed cuts are not made evenly across the board, as the administration is seeking increases for some programs – including $8.6 billion to complete the southern border wall, while making draconian cuts to other programming.
Programs within the jurisdiction of the Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee were particularly hard hit with HHS and Education programs each proposed to be cut by 12%, along with a 10% cut to DOL.
Unfortunately, the administration also proposed to cut adult education by $156 million (24%) in their FY 2020 budget request. The good news is that the administration’s budget proposal was dead even before arriving on Capitol Hill today and key Congressional Members in both parties have indicated that they would like to negotiate a two year deal to raise the overall discretionary spending levels (or “caps"). Republican Members are particularly interested in making significant new investments in defense programs, while Democrats are pressing for more overall funding for domestic programs.
Even if the administration’s budget proposal is not being taken seriously, it is a shot across the bow to adult education. We have been working for the past three months to educate Members of Congress about the importance of adult education funding in FY 2020 and this draconian proposal only reinforces the importance of our collective effort this year. Please find attached a copy of the department’s FY 2020 budget proposal for key education programs.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF ADULT EDUCATION!