Historic Federal Budget Deal May Foretell Things to Come
The United States Congress and the White House have been negotiating for several days over the Continuing Resolution (CR) for Fiscal Year 2011 budget and reached a last minute agreement late on Friday, April 8. Details will be forthcoming, but overall, the budget agreement will implement spending cuts of $38.8 billion, including an expected 1 percent across-the-board cut to all discretionary programs.
"This budget battle has been the lengthiest and most heated since the 1995 debate, which forced a two-week shutdown of the federal government," says David C. Harvey, president and CEO of ProLiteracy. "While many cuts to important domestic programs were averted, the $38.8 billion in cuts may be a harbinger of things to come. Programs focused around adult literacy and basic education are now and may be in the future impacted by cuts to domestic programs that support our nation's most vulnerable communities. We at ProLiteracy urge our member programs to work together with ProLiteracy to publicize more broadly the negative impacts to our society that cuts like these will have."
The House and Senate are expected to vote on these cuts on Wednesday, April 13. ProLiteracy will post more information about specific implications of the budget cuts to adult education programs when they become available.
ProLiteracy still encourages members to use our current action alert to defend programs from funding cuts. It is important to make your voice heard now on the Fiscal Year 2011 budget and before action is taken on the Fiscal Year 2012 budget, when further cuts may occur.