Posted on February 15, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized |

From our National Field Director Gaby:

Hey folks,

We got some bad news yesterday on Pell Grants and other education funding in the budget and continuing resolution. USSA and some of our coalition partners are calling on students to make some calls today to the Senate and House to protect Pell, especially in the continuing resolution, along with other programs. If you haven’t read this already, please read the e-mail blast below. Here are the programs that are being cut:

The House leadership’s Continuing Resolution cuts the maximum Pell Grant award by $845, bringing the total down to $4,705 for the remainder of fiscal year 2011. In addition, the resolution:
* Eliminates the Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG) program.
* Reduces federal funding for Hispanic-Serving Institutions by 78%
* Eliminates federal support for tribal colleges.
* Cuts a third of federal funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
* Eliminates operational funding for AmeriCorps.


We need folks to be making calls as much as capacity warrants you all too. The announcement comes yesterday as President Obama released his proposed budget which also includes cuts to multiple programs.

(202)224-3121 is the switchboard number. Ask for the targets Getachew, Our Leg Director provided:

Subcommittee On Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
Democrats (10)
Tom Harkin, Iowa – Chairman
Daniel K. Inouye, Hawaii
Herb Kohl, Wis.
Patty Murray, Wash.
Mary L. Landrieu, La.
Richard J. Durbin, Ill.
Jack Reed, R.I.
Mark Pryor, Ark.
Barbara A. Mikulski, Md.
Sherrod Brown, Ohio Republicans (8)
Richard C. Shelby, Ala. – Ranking Member
Thad Cochran, Miss.
Kay Bailey Hutchison, Texas
Lamar Alexander, Tenn.
Ron Johnson, Wis.
Mark Steven Kirk, Ill.
Lindsey Graham, S.C.
Jerry Moran, Kan.

Subcommittee On Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
Republicans (8)
Denny Rehberg, Mont. – Chairman
Jerry Lewis, Calif.
Rodney Alexander, La.
Jack Kingston, Ga.
Kay Granger, Texas
Mike Simpson, Idaho
Jeff Flake, Ariz.
Cynthia M. Lummis, Wyo.
Democrats (5)
Rosa DeLauro, Conn. – Ranking Member
Nita M. Lowey, N.Y.
Jesse L. Jackson Jr., Ill.
Lucille Roybal-Allard, Calif.
Barbara Lee, Calif.




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