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Policy Insider: Legislative Update

  • We need all education advocates to take action NOW and send a letter to your members of Congress! The continuing resolution (CR) runs out on December 8 to pass a fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget, which means now is the time to let your voice be heard! On Capitol Hill there is a push for parity in raising the non-defense discretionary (NDD) cap by the same amount as the defense cap for FY 2018. Once new caps are set, the funding total is divided among all appropriations bills, followed by negotiations on funding levels for the individual programs, all of...
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