WASHINGTON (May 6, 2005) — The House of Representatives has overwhelmingly voted to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Act through 2011.
First passed in 1998, the Perkins Act provides funding for vocational and technical education across the U.S., including programs for educating auto technicians. The reauthorization bill—sponsored by Rep. Michael Castle, R-Del., chairman of the House Education and Workforce Education Reform Subcommittee—would also allow federal grants for state supplemental programs.
The House approved by voice vote an amendment by Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald, D-Calif., to set aside funds to train auto technicians to service alternative fuel vehicles. The Senate has already passed its version of the Perkins Act reauthorization, and the two bodies will meet in conference to reconcile their bills.
The Bush administration is opposed to the Perkins Act, believing the Perkins Act money should be folded into general education funds, and provided no funding for it in the FY 2006 budget. There is no word on whether President Bush will sign a Perkins Act reauthorization bill, said Christy Plunkett Foertsch, legislative analyst with the Automotive Service Association.