Rep. Axne Secures Over $50 Billion for Workforce Training and Education
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) announced House passage of H.R.2740, the first "minibus" package of fiscal year 2020 appropriations bill, which included of over $50 billion in federal funding to expand access to college, career and technical education and early education.
The bill included $24.9 billion in funding for federal student aid programs to make college more affordable. This funding will increase the maximum Pell Grant to $6,345 in order to keep pace with inflation. “We need to look at ways to lower the cost of college, but in the meantime, a price-tag should never prevent anyone from pursuing a college degree,” said Rep. Axne. “This funding will help Iowans of all backgrounds go to college, if that’s the path they choose.”
Rep. Axne also knows that college isn’t the only path to success, which is why she voted for billions in funding for career and technical education, workforce development and apprenticeship programs. Specifically, Rep. Axne voted for $3 billion for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act State Grants; $1.9 billion for Job Corps; and $150 million for a new investment in community colleges and eligible four-year partners through Strengthening Community Colleges Training Grants.
“I’m proud to have secured significant increases in funding for workforce training and apprenticeship programs to help more people in Iowa’s third district attain the skills they need for good-paying, 21st century jobs” said Rep. Axne.
Rep. Axne also secured $7.7 billion, an increase of $2.4 billion, in funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant which allows states to help low-income families pay for child care so they can work or attend a job training or educational program. The Child Care and Development Block Grant serves an average of 17,200 children and 9,600 families in Iowa annually. Rep. Axne also secured $11.6, an increase of $1.5 billion, for Head Start, which provides comprehensive early childhood education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to 7,202 children and families in Iowa each year.
“Parents should never have to choose between taking care of their children or providing for their families,” said Rep. Axne. “These programs not only allow parents to get the education and skills they need for good-paying jobs, but also help ensure that every child in Iowa has access to high-quality early education that is critical to childhood development and long-term success.”
*This press release has been updated from it's original version.