Here is an update on the reconciliation process, FY22 appropriations, and infrastructure:
As reported, House committees have been marking up bills for the Build Back Better reconciliation proposal. The Education and Labor Committee finalized its markuphttps://docs.house.gov/meetings/ED/ED00/20210909/114029/BILLS-117-CommitteePrint2-S000185-Amdt-1.pdf on Friday. Attached is summary from CEF of all education funding programs proposed. Very good news - $3.6 billion is proposed for WIOA Title II, which is funding that would need to be spent by 2028.
Pell grants are proposed at a $500 increase above current max grant level for the coming year. This is less than the President proposed, which called for doubling ($1,800).
Other House committees continue to markup bills, which could be complete by today or tomorrow. House leadership would like to package all proposals and vote on the reconciliation bill by the end of September. The Senate, however, has not begun marking up any proposed bills. This could mean that the Senate will either reconcile with the House bill OR mark up an alternative bill. Speculation is also that the Senate may ask the parliamentarian to examine and take out proposed programs that may not qualify under the reconciliation instructions.
As a reminder, a reconciliation bill only requires a simple majority in the Senate. However, Senator Manchin (Dem.) has indicated that he will not vote in favor of the proposed bill due to the $3.5 trillion cost. So, the trajectory of this reconciliation bill remains uncertain.
CEF is getting word that the House wants to vote on a Continuing Resolution (CR) to extend government funding so that it does not expire on September 30. It is possible the CR will last until December 10. As a reminder, the House passed 9 of its 12 bills, including Labor & Education https://cef.org/wp-content/uploads/CEFs-FY-2022-Funding-Table-House-Committee-07.26.21.pdf which includes a $50 million increase for Title II and $100 million in mandatory spending. The Senate has passed no bills so far and has not released a Labor-HHS-Education bill.
It is possible that the House will be considering the bipartisan infrastructure bill (already passed by the Senate) on September 27 and 28.
MICHELE DIECUCH | Senior Director of Programs
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