AASA Letter of Opposition to House Budget Proposal

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Yesterday, House Republicans released their FY16 budget proposal. As a reminder, FY16 runs Oct. 1, 2015 through Sept. 30, 2016, and FY16 dollars will be in schools for the 2016-17 school. You’ll recall that President Obama released his budget proposal in early February. AASA’s Leslie Finnan provided a comprehensive analysis and summary.

The House budget bears zero resemblance to the President’s. It does include policy riders broader than just general funding, including proposals to repeal the Affordable Care Act. This proposal balances the budget in less than ten years by relying solely on spending cuts that will total $5.5 trillion. It asks each committee, including the House Education and the Workforce Committee, to identify $1 billion in funding cuts to programs over 2016 thru 2025.  It cuts non-defense discretionary programs by $759 billion over the next ten years, programs that include education, public health, job training, and public safety, among others, all programs currently funded at historically low levels. The proposal locks in the cuts of the sequester.  

Even absent specific details related to K12 education funding, AASA opposes this budget proposal, as it is so cut-heavy that it is hard to imagine any scenario where the House is able to advance an LHHS appropriations bill that adequately supports the nation’s public schools and the students they serve.

AASA sent a letter of opposition to the House budget committee in advance of today's mark up. Please review the letter and feel free to use it in conversations with your Representative. Also, see our related talking points on the sequester, including information on the cumulative impact of the cuts and caps. 



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