House Appropriators Restore Proposed Cuts to School Safety, Child Care Programs

Politico Pro reports, House appropriators tweaked their fiscal 2019 education funding bill to restore proposed cuts to school safety and child care programs.

A manager’s amendment to the spending bill for the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education would provide $90 million for federal school safety efforts, the same as the current level of funding.

House appropriators had originally proposed $43 million for the school safety program, which includes Project SERV grants that the Education Department doles out to schools and colleges affected by violence or other traumatic events.

In addition, the amendment would restore funding for a program that helps provide child care services to low-income parents who are attending college. It would provide $50 million for the Child Care Access Means Parents in School program, which is the same as fiscal 2018, when it was tripled.

The amendment also includes a provision that would allow the Education Department to pay universities to service the outstanding loans made under the now-expired Perkins Loan program.

The manager’s amendment, sponsored by Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), the chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee in charge of education funding, was adopted on a voice vote.

It was the first amendment of what’s expected to be a marathon and contentious markup of the bill today. Lawmakers are set to consider some 50 amendments, many of which relate to the Trump administration’s immigration policies.

By Michael Stratford