As you likely saw, the Senate passed the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which includes the Digital Equity Act for which so many of you have advocated!
Overnight, the Senate passed its FY22 budget resolutionhttps://www.democrats.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/MEMORANDUM%20for%20Democratic%20Senators%20-%20FY2022%20Budget%20Resolution.pdf, which includes huge investments in education, many that were part of the President's education proposals from the American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan. The Senate adopted some amendments that do not affect the funding totals of the budget resolution nor control legislation that will be drafted.
The House will come back into session on August 23 to consider the Senate-passed budget resolution. Assumption is that it will be passed without additional amendments, which would set the stage for the reconciliation process to pass a proposed $3.5 trillion bill to include many of the programs from the American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan that were not included in the $1.2 trillion Senate-passed infrastructure bill.
Speaker Pelosi indicated that she will not take up the infrastructure bill in the House without a separate reconciliation bill. It's likely the House will wait until after the Committees submit their recommendations for a reconciliation bill before taking up the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Committees have been given instructions to submit recommendations for the reconciliation bill by September 15.
While reconciliation only requires a simple majority, because two democrats (Sen. Sinema and Sen. Manchin) have expressed concern about the $3.5 trillion cost, it's likely the final total will be less. This means that some education programs may not be funded or funded at less than the President's request.
National Skills Coalition has circulated a sign-on letter in support of $1 billion in adult education and workforce development, and many NCL members have sent messages to their networks in support of this funding. Now is the time to advocate with the Committees in support of this $1 billion!!
MICHELE DIECUCH | Senior Director of Programs
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