Engel Helps Pass Record Education Funding in the House

Engel Helps Pass Record Education Funding in the House

Washington D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, a top member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, earlier this week voted to pass $75.9 billion in federal funding for the Department of Education, a record-high.

The funding bill provides $2.4 billion for the Child Care Development Block Grant, $1.5 billion for Head Start, and $100 million for Preschool Development Grants. In addition, funding is increased for K-12 by $3.4 billion, and both Title I and IDEA funding obtained a $1 billion increase over last year’s funding levels. The bill also delivers nearly $25 billion dedicated for Federal student aid programs.

“I was pleased to join my Democratic colleagues in passing the largest funding levels ever for the Education Department,” Engel said. “Providing the resources necessary for our students to succeed has been an unwavering commitment of mine throughout my career. I come from an education background, as a former New York City school teacher and guidance counselor. I saw firsthand the transformative effect a quality education can have on a child’s life, but too often our public-school students are being shortchanged.

“This appropriations bill goes a long way toward ensuring all of our schools are granted the essential funding they need, while students are provided the type of quality, affordable education they deserve. I am thrilled to help pass this measure and urge the Senate to follow suit.”