AFSA Urges Congress to Raise Budget Caps In Joint Letter

AFSA and many other education organizations have signed on to a letter urging congressional leaders to raise the budget caps on federal spending.

The letter expresses concern with state budgets continuing to be tightened. “With 23 states being forced to make midyear cuts last year—states increasingly depend on Congress to stay committed to investing in elementary, secondary, postsecondary, and adult education,” states the letter. Lawmakers are negotiating spending levels for fiscal 2018.

“We urge you to come together and craft a budget deal that raises both the defense and non-defense discretionary caps by the same dollar amount,” the letter says. “Education programs, as well as other services that support the most vulnerable here at home, need to be at least level-funded at the fiscal year 2017 levels, and preferably higher.”

“In addition, we urge you to ensure that the additional funds from a budget deal are appropriately distributed. In particular, please work to ensure that the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies bill receives its proportional share — about one third — of any increase in non-defense discretionary funding.”

Read the full  letter here.