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White House to host budget calls-TN

posted Apr 23, 2012, 7:14 AM by Stephen Thompson   [ updated Apr 23, 2012, 7:14 AM ]


Below is a letter from COE encouraging us to make a call to the White House.  Attached is the information for Tennessee to call- Thursday, April 19 at 1:00PM EDT . Please RSVP and call the White House regarding the proposed budget.

Thank you.


April 17, 2012


Dear TRIO Colleague:


This week, the White House is sponsoring conference calls for EACH STATE to discuss the House-passed FY13 budget, which, if enacted, would cut spending for virtually every federal program outside of defense, including entitlements.

The so-called Ryan Budget (nicknamed for House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI)) would set the federal spending cap at $1.028 trillion — or $19 billion below the $1.047 trillion cap set by last year’s Budget Control Act (“BCA”). In order to reduce the federal deficit by $1.2 trillion over the next decade, the BCA set spending caps that call for equal, automatic spending cuts or “sequestration” of about $55 billion from each of defense and non-defense spending accounts beginning on January 2, 2013. However, the Ryan Budget would avoid sequestration for defense programs and would lead to a cut of 19% for domestic discretionary programs. For TRIO, this would mean a cut of $159.6 million. Under the BCA, TRIO would “only” see a cut of 7.8%-9.1% or $65.5-$76.4 million.


Calls will take place over the next three days at various times. The attached document contains the RSVP and dial-in information for each call. We strongly encourage all TRIO supporters to participate in the call and pose questions, such as:


·         What actions will President Obama take not only to defeat the “Ryan Budget” but also to undo the automatic cuts triggered by the Budget Control Act? If allowed to take place, these cuts would result in a loss of $159.6 million to the Federal TRIO Programs.

·         TRIO has lost nearly 80,000 students over the last six years – 44,000 of those students were lost as a result of the cuts negotiated between President Obama and Congress in FY 2011. We will see even more losses beginning this summer and continuing into the fall unless the Obama Administration takes the lead in ensuring that TRIO funding is restored. Can we count on the President to do this?

·         The President has noted again and again the need for us to “out-educate,” “out-innovate,” and “out-compete” other nations in the global arena. Certainly a key element to achieving those goals in an increase in the number of doctoral recipients, particularly in the STEM fields. Why then did this Administration cut $10 million from TRIO’s McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement program – one of the few remaining programs that supports low-income, first-generation and otherwise underrepresented students in obtaining doctoral degrees?

We hope that as many TRIO supporters in as many states as possible will take part in these calls. It is critical to let the White House know that we are an active constituency and that we are counting on the Administration to stand up for these programs and the students and families they serve.

Please contact Heather Valentine (heather.valentine@coenet.us) or me (kimberly.jones@coenet.us) to let us know if you will be able to participate in the calls.

Thank you!

Kimberly Jones


Stephen Thompson,
Apr 23, 2012, 7:15 AM