PLEASE call Senator Pryor’s office to thank him for his commitment to TRIO programs and the students we serve. Use your lunch hour or your time after work. Send him a tweet or a facebook message! Please express your thanks!
Also, please reach out to Senator Boozman to inform him of the budget increase and request that he vote for the increase in TRIO funding for FY 15.
Tuesday afternoon the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee released its FY 2015 bill. Despite a tight budget environment, under the leadership of Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Subcommittee Ranking Member Jerry Moran of Kansas, the Senate Subcommittee demonstrated that TRIO remains a policy priority by providing $846.7 million in TRIO funding–$8.4 million above the FY 2014 funding level. In fact, Senator Harkin listed TRIO among the highlights of the bill. Given that the entire budget for all federal government programs in FY 2015 is only $2 billion more than last year, this increase is a notable achievement that reflects the tenacity of the TRIO community’s advocacy efforts.
All TRIO constituents are urged to thank the Members of the Senate Subcommittee and to continue outreach to the Members of the full Appropriations Committee in anticipation of the full Committee’s consideration of the bill this Thursday. All Senate offices may be reached via the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.
Thank you for your continued support of TRIO students and programs.