WASHINGTON (May 5, 2006) — Once again, the Bush administration has recommended de-funding the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act, and once again the automotive aftermarket is opposing that.
The Automotive Service Association is urging its members to visit the ASA's legislative Web site, www.TakingTheHill.com, to contact their congressional representatives to get their support in funding the Perkins Act, which provides federal funds to technical and vocational schools, for fiscal year 2007.
The Bush administration previously tried to cancel Perkins Act funds in fiscal 2006, in favor of funding more general education programs. But Congress voted to approve the funds.
The automotive aftermarket, which suffers from a long-standing dearth of trained technicians, traditionally supports any measure that helps provide a technical education for young people who want to enter the auto repair industry.