Federal Budget Updates

* House and Senate reached an agreement for FY17
* This was signed into law May 5, 2017
* 50 Million increase (5.6%) TRIO Funding
* Language in bill provides increase funding for existing TRIO grant programs
* Increase grants awarded for FY17
*Allowing reading of grants that were rejected due to formatting
*FY18 TRIO budget is not safe (Trump proposed $92 Million in TRIO cuts)
CALL TO ACTION:
*Join Governmental Relations Committee for ASPIRE (contact Ally)
*Continue to call/write your congressional leaders on free time, advocating for TRIO
*Join COE Webinar 5/24/17 @ 1 p.m. (Eastern)
“Governmental Relations Summer Advocacy”

Prep for Policy

Prep 4 Policy! Watch the latest tutorial “How to get to know your legislators” from Ally Garcia, on getting to know your representatives. #prep4policy

COE Update

The following is an update from COE:

Government Relations Update
 
Only 7 WEEKS remain until Congress returns to Washington, DC to determine whether TRIO will receive a $60 Million increase. As legislators continue to meet with constituents in anticipation of the November 8th general elections it is critical that the entire community take this opportunity to reach out to Members of Congress at home.  Not sure how to get started? Check out the resources below!
 
Here is a sample letter you can use to invite your Member of Congress to visit your local program. (Also a contact list of congressional schedulers is available here.)
 
Also, here is a list of what should be included in a successful congressional visit—from beginning to end. (It even includes tips for follow-up!)
 
To help you even more, we’ve included a sample outline of a program for a campus visit!
 
Not able to organize a visit? Here is a list of many other ways to advocate for TRIO over the course of the next several weeks—including student letters, attending townhall meetings, etc.
 
If you need any assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact Kimberly Jones (kimberly.jones@coenet.us) or Selene Ceja (selene.ceja@coenet.us) by e-mail or phone (202.347.7430).