Wednesday evening, December 18, the Senate passed the Bipartisan Budget Act with a bipartisan vote of 64- 36. All 53 Democrats, 2 Independents and 9 Republicans – Senators Susan Collins (ME), Saxby Chambliss (GA), Orrin Hatch (UT), John Hoeven (ND), Johnny Isakson (GA), Ron Johnson (WI), John McCain (AZ), Lisa Murkowski (AK), and Rob Portman (OH) – voted in support of the bill.
The deal now goes to the President for his signature. While many are cheering over the passing of the legislation, Congress’ work is not done. This is just the beginning. Now, Congress must produce an omnibus spending bill that combines all federal appropriations for fiscal year (FY) 2014 under the new spending levels that were established in the Bipartisan Budget Act. This all must be completed by January 15, 2014 when the current funding mechanism, the FY 2014 Continuing Resolution (CR) runs out.
We will be closely following this process and advocating to ensure several key investments in education that are important to middle level and high school leaders are funded at the highest levels possible in the FY 2014 omnibus appropriations bill. Our major priorities include: Title I, IDEA, the School Leadership Program, Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Program, Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) program, and the Career and Technical Education State Grants.
Keep up to date with the latest developments on the FY 2014 budget here on the Principals Policy Blog and by following Amanda Karhuse and Jacki Ball on twitter at @akarhuse and @balljacki respectively.
Happy Holidays and here’s to more bipartisanship in the House and Senate in 2014!