By a vote of 78-22, the Senate has passed an FY 2015 Continuing Resolution (CR), which will now head to President Obama’s desk for his signature. The new CR is set to expire on December 11, 2014. As such, the upcoming “lame duck” Congress, which will convene for only 15 days, will need to take one of the following actions:
- Enact an omnibus appropriations bill containing all 12 of the appropriations bills.
- Enact an omnibus appropriations bill containing several, but not all 12 bills, and extend the CR for the remaining bills (Labor-HHS-ED would likely be included, in this scenario).
- Extend the CR for the remainder of the year for all 12 bills.
- Extend the CR until 2015. This could only occur if Republicans win a Senate majority in the upcoming November elections.
The Committee for Education Funding (CEF), the largest education funding coalition in the country, of which NAfME is a member, prefers option A., as it would provide the opportunity for perhaps a small increase in funding for SOME education programs (which would benefit, remains unclear). CEF most strongly opposes option D., which would perpetuate the cloud of uncertainty over final funding levels until next March, and, also, would create the possibility that additional spending cuts could be applied in a final FY 2015 package, next year.
Christopher Woodside, Assistant Executive Director, September 19, 2014. © National Association for Music Education (NAfME.org)