Join us on August 29 at 7:00 PM (EDT) for our Quarterly Advocacy Webinar!
Congress has been out of session for most of August, but will return in September. Learn about where we are in the federal budget process, what’s next on their docket in Washington, and how YOU can engage as a music education advocate!
Where We Are in the FY 2018 Budgetary Process
As it currently stands, the House of Representatives has advanced the furthest in the budgetary process. Prior to Congress’ departure for August recess, the House Appropriations Committee approved their Labor-HHS-Education spending bill for FY 2018, which now advances to the House of Representatives floor for further discussion at a to be determined date. If this spending agreement were to pass, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) would receive $66 billion in funding, which is a $2.4 billion cut from the previous fiscal year.
On the other side of Congress, the Senate is moving significantly slower in the budgetary process after being backlogged by the healthcare repeal and Executive Office nominations. On July 20th, the Senate approved its 302(b) allocations for FY 2018, which set the topline spending for each of the spending bills they are about to introduce.
During our webinar, we will touch on what we expect from the Senate and walk you through the House’s proposal, including the spending levels of key music education affecting programs.
How You Can Be An Advocate
When the budgetary process resumes, YOU as a music advocate, have a vital role in the federal budget process. Your role as constituent can provide essential feedback to members of Congress as they finalize the spending levels for FY 2018.
Our webinar will introduce you to our Grassroots Action Center, where we house essential tools and resources for music advocates. These tools are easy to use and help you be involved during the most crucial times in the legislative process. Learn how to add your voice in support of music education!
Ronny Lau, Public Policy Advisor, August 15, 2017. © National Association for Music Education (NAfME.org).