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***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Secretary Duncan to Discuss Education Department’s Fiscal Year 2013 Budget and Policy Priorities

On Wednesday, March 28 at 10:00 a.m., the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce, chaired by Rep. John Kline (R-MN), will hold a hearing entitled “Reviewing the President’s Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Proposal for the U.S. Department of Education.” The hearing will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

In his Fiscal Year 2013 budget proposal, President Obama requests $69.8 billion in discretionary spending for the Department of Education, a $1.7 billion increase over last year’s funding level. This is on top of $13.3 billion in additional mandatory spending for Pell Grants, bringing the total budget request to $83 billion – a 40 percent increase from Fiscal Year 2008.

Wednesday’s hearing will provide members an opportunity to review the administration’s budget request and examine whether an increase in department spending is the best approach to both fiscal and education policies. The Honorable Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, will offer testimony and answer members' questions during the hearing. To learn more about this hearing, visit


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The Honorable Arne Duncan
U.S. Department of Education
Washington, D.C.