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House and Senate Leaders Aim to Finalize Appropriations: Opportunity for IDEA Funding Increase

Tuesday, November 5, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jamie Anderson

Speaker of the House Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have agreed to a common goal: finish all 12 Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 appropriations bills before the New Year. The pledge is likely in response to rumors that circulated about a continuing resolution (CR) that could extend FY 2019 spending into February or March 2020. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) confirmed that he had a similar conversation with McConnell, and they agreed that and new CRs would not extend past December 31. The Senate has taken a first step, passing a package of four non-controversial spending bills: Agriculture; Commerce, Justice, Science; Interior and the Environment; and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development. However, no progress has been reported on the major barrier to progress on FY 2020 spending: funding for a border wall, which is a top agenda item for President Trump and a non-starter for Congressional Democrats due to their priority to increase spending in the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-H) bill. Until that standoff is resolved, a path forward remains unclear.


Due to the intensive negotiations and the desire by Democrats to increase funding for education, you can help influence the discussion. COPAA encourages its members to write Congress THIS WEEK and encourage an increase to Fiscal Year 2020 funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in the Labor-H bill. Congress has a small window to provide more funding for IDEA and your voice can help. See the action alert below to act in support of IDEA.

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