Most of you, I am sure, were pleased to receive a 2.5% increase in your TRIO grant for the 2017-18 program year. That increase was only possible because the House Appropriations Committee provided a $60 million increase for TRIO in its FY 2017 appropriations bill.
The House FY 2018 appropriations bill (HR 3354) also includes a $60 million increase for TRIO. HOWEVER, Representative Jason Lewis (R-MN-2), joined by Representatives Paul Mitchell (R-MI-10), Francis Rooney (R-FL-19), Drew Ferguson (R-GA-3), and Lloyd Smucker (R-PA-16) have filed an amendment that would eliminate the increase to TRIO and transfer the $60 million to career and technical education. This amendment could be voted on as early as Wednesday, September 6 when debate begins on the floor of the House of Representatives.
It is urgent that you, your alumni, students, parents, and other supports CALL your House Representatives, particularly those who are Republican, and urge them to vote NO on the Jason Lewis CTE amendment. Doing so is simple.
1. Find your Representative’s number at https://ziplook.house.gov/htbin/findrep?ZIP, or call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 225-3121 and give the operator your ZIP code.
2. Tell the staff member who answers the phone:“My name is _____. I am a resident of ______, and I want Representative _________________ to vote ‘NO!’ on the Jason Lewis CTE Amendment to H.R. 3354.”
3. Hang up and nudge three of your friends in TRIO to do the same thing.
Together we will defeat this attempt to deprive low-income, first-generation students and students with disabilities with enhanced opportunities to pursue postsecondary education.
Maureen Hoyler, President
Council for Opportunity in Education