Here is a brief reminder about the movement in Congress right now:
The House and Senate committees are working on their proposals for programs to include in the FY22 budget resolution through the reconciliation process. These proposals are supposed to be reported out by September 15. The House Education and Labor Committee is expected to mark up its reconciliation bill next week, but the Senate HELP Committee will likely be later. After the committees mark up and submit their reconciliation bills, the two Budget Committees will package their respective proposals into a single reconciliation bill to be considered on the floor. The goal is to have the bills passed by October 1.
As we've reported previously, one program included calls for $100 billion in workforce development. Now is the time to advocate to ensure inclusion of this funding in the final reconciliation bill.
Senate HELP Committeehttps://www.help.senate.gov/
House Education & Labor Committeehttps://edlabor.house.gov/
This said, yesterday Democratic Senator Joe Manchin called for a "strategic pause" on this $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill citing concern over the price tag. This is significant because it potentially threatens a majority vote in the Senate, as all Republicans are expected to vote against the bill.
Have a nice Labor Day weekend everyone!
MICHELE DIECUCH | Senior Director of Programs
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