[NCL Members] Fwd: Wednesday Update

Peter Waite pwaite at proliteracy.org
Thu Oct 29 17:00:17 EDT 2015



Thanks for keeping us updated on this.    I listened in on the House hearing and there were only a few questions about adult education and workforce coordination.

It was clear that for several of the panelists adult education was not on their radar and at one point Rep Kline (who sat in for a short time) asked a panelist about coordination with workforce boards  and she really didn't understand his question.    A clear indication we have some work to do.

I suggest we think about a possible meeting or invitation to our meeting to the folks at the CTE Association.     They seem to have a very strong organization.


PS   ProLiteracy submitted recommendation for changes in the Perkins Act we are happy to share.

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From: Members <members-bounces at lists.national-coalition-literacy.org> on behalf of Jeff Carter <jeffcrtr at gmail.com>
Sent: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 8:04 PM
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Subject: [NCL Members] Fwd: Wednesday Update

Wednesday's CEF update.

In addition to the BBA news, there was a hearing in the House on the Career and Technical Education Act that may be of interest to some of you.


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From: Joel Packer <jpacker at cef.org<mailto:jpacker at cef.org>>
Date: October 28, 2015 at 6:43:19 PM EDT
To: Joel Packer <jpacker at cef.org<mailto:jpacker at cef.org>>
Subject: Wednesday Update

  1.  1.    Bipartisan Budget Act: The House just passed the Bipartisan Budget Act by a vote of 266-167<http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2015/roll579.xml>. 187 Democrats voted for the bill, while 79 Republicans voted Yes and 167 voted No.  See: House approves budget deal in big 266-167 vote<http://thehill.com/homenews/house/258431-house-approves-budget-deal> (The Hill) and Budget-Debt Ceiling Package Passed by House<http://www.cq.com/doc/news-4780766?1&srcpage=news&srcsec=cqn> (CQ).
Among the Republican Yes votes were Education and Workforce Committee Chair Kline (MN), Appropriations Chair Rogers (KY), Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Cole (OK), Majority Leader McCarthy (CA), Speaker to be Ryan (WI), and Majority Whip Scalise (LA).  Among the Republican No votes were Budget Committee Chair Price (GA), Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Chair Rokita (IN), and Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training Chair Foxx (NC).

See the attached House Action Report that provides a good summary of the provisions.  Also see: So we have a budget. Now how do we pay for it?<http://www.politico.com/agenda/story/2015/10/so-we-have-a-budget-now-how-do-we-pay-for-it-000304> A guide to the funding schemes in yesterday’s budget deal. (Politico)<http://www.politico.com/agenda/story/2015/10/so-we-have-a-budget-now-how-do-we-pay-for-it-000304>

The bill now goes to the Senate where it is expect to pass after overcoming an expected filibuster.

I confirmed with OMB this morning that the technical changes to the bill made by the Rules Committee do not substantively change the $8 billion that will be available for nondefense OCO funding.  The OCO changes had to do with how CBO would score that provision.

As CQ explained it:
“Leaders tweaked the accord Tuesday evening to address Republican concerns related to its Congressional Budget Office score, which suggested the agreement cost more than it saved.

“The fix came in the form of an amendment, which effectively squeezed out new revenues to generate additional savings and also made a technical change to the war-related Overseas Contingency Operations account to address a drafting error.

“Indeed, the CBO issued an updated estimate Wednesday that stated the agreement as modified by House Rules would reduce the deficit by $79.9 billion over 10 years, slightly more than the $79.4 billion cost of raising the spending caps.”

See: Boehner, Obama flagged for budget deal gimmick<http://www.politico.com/story/2015/10/budget-deal-john-boehner-obama-gimmick-215241> (Politico)

Based on the changes made by Rules and now adopted by the House, CBO issued a new score<https://www.cbo.gov/publication/50938>, which now shows the bill to be deficit neutral. However, it won’t be for long, since “Farm state lawmakers furious over additional cuts to crop insurance that were included to help pay for the bill were ultimately won over after leaders promised to scrap those cuts in upcoming appropriations legislation.”

Also, a little noticed provision in the bill affects student loan debt collections. The agreement allows debt collectors to use automatic telephone dialing systems to call the cell phones of individuals in order to collect debts owed to, or guaranteed by, the U.S. government. Currently, calling a cell phone using an automatic dialing system is prohibited in all instances except for emergencies or if the person being called has given prior express consent. Calling a cell phone for the collection of private debts and any other automated calls to cell phones would remain prohibited.

The measure requires the FCC to issue rules implementing this authority; those rules could limit the number or duration of such calls.

See: Budget deal OKs federal robocalls to collect student debt<http://thehill.com/policy/technology/258379-budget-deal-would-allow-government-robocalls-to-collect-debt> (The Hill)

Statements on the deal:

o   Chairman Rogers Commends Passage of Bipartisan Budget Legislation<http://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=394320>
“The budget deal will undo automatic, harmful sequestration budget cuts and implement new caps on discretionary spending for both fiscal year 2016 and 2017. This will provide certainty in the budget process, and allow for negotiations on Appropriations bills – which fund the federal government – to proceed.”

o   Lowey statement on bipartisan budget agreement<http://democrats.appropriations.house.gov/news/press-releases/lowey-statement-on-bipartisan-budget-agreement>

o   Cole Statement on Passage of Bipartisan Budget Agreement<https://cole.house.gov/press-release/cole-statement-passage-bipartisan-budget-agreement>

o   DeLauro Statement On Two-Year Budget Agreement<http://delauro.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2109:delauro-statement-on-two-year-budget-agreement&catid=2:press-releases&Itemid=21>
“This balanced approach will particularly help our non-defense discretionary programs, such as education, public health, job training, and many other important programs. I hope that the Labor-Health and Human Services-Education programs, which have seen some of the worst cuts over the past five years, will see a significant increase in funding as a result of this deal.”

  1.  2.    Budget Reconciliation: According to reports, the Senate plans to take up the House-passed reconciliation bill the week before Thanksgiving.  We’ll need to keep a close watch because it will be subject to amendments and a vote-a-rama.  We’ll need to fight any potential amendments to cut mandatory funds for education.  See: Senate plans vote on partial ObamaCare repeal next month<http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/258422-senate-plans-vote-on-partial-obamacare-repeal-before-thanksgiving> (The Hill)

  1.  3.    Student Aid Regulations: Yesterday, the Department of Education announced “the publication of two regulatory packages that will protect students in the rapidly-expanding college debit and prepaid card marketplace and add a new income-based repayment plan so more borrowers can limit the amount of their payments to 10 percent of their income.” See: U.S. Department of Education Announces Two Final Regulations to Protect Students and Help Borrowers<http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-department-education-announces-two-final-regulations-protect-students-and-help-borrowers> and Critical New Protections for Students, Borrowers, and Taxpayers<http://blog.ed.gov/2015/10/critical-new-protections-for-students-borrowers-and-taxpayers/>.

Also see: Leading Democrats Commend Department of Education on Rule Protecting Students, Taxpayers from Abusive Financial Practices<http://democrats.edworkforce.house.gov/press-release/leading-democrats-commend-department-education-rule-protecting-students-taxpayers>

  1.  4.    Career and Technical Education Act Hearing: Yesterday, the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, chaired by Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN), held a hearing<http://edworkforce.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=399578> on ways to reform the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act and improve career and technical education (CTE) to better serve students and meet the needs of a 21st century economy.

​Also see:

o   Chairman Todd Rokita<http://edworkforce.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=399615> (IN) opening statement

o   Ranking Democrat Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (OH) opening statement<http://democrats.edworkforce.house.gov/sites/democrats.edworkforce.house.gov/files/Rep%20Fudge%20Opening%20Statement%20-%20CTE%20%282%29%20%282%29.pdf>

o   Witnesses: School, Employer Partnerships Key to Preparing Students for 21st Century Jobs<http://edworkforce.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=399623>

Joel Packer

CEF Executive Director

JPacker at cef.org<mailto:JPacker at cef.org>


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