April 01, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Friday, U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined a bipartisan group of senators in sending two letters urging the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee and the Defense Subcommittee of the Committee on Appropriations to allow for the consideration of legislation that funds Impact Aid at the 2014-2015 calendar year levels.
Please click here to view the letter to Chairman Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D- Wash.) of the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee. Click here to view the letter to Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Ranking Member Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) of the Defense Subcommittee.
In the letter to the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, the senators wrote:
“Impact Aid funds a range of programs, including programs to retain highly qualified teachers, adequate technology, facilities renovation, and maintenance of transportation fleets. For many districts, this funding represents the very lifeblood that allows their school systems to operate.”
In the letter to the Defense Subcommittee leaders, the senators wrote:
“Our service members rely on local school districts to provide a supportive, safe, and secure learning environment for their children. Today, there are over one million children of active duty service members, and half of them attend schools in heavily impacted school districts. We need to ensure that these school districts have the resources they need to adequately support these children.”
Inhofe has been a long supporter of Impact Aid. While Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee in the 113th Congress, Inhofe ensured the inclusion of language in two National Defense Authorization Acts (NDAA) authorizing $25 million in supplemental Impact Aid to local educational agencies with military dependent children. In the FY’15 NDAA, Inhofe also included language that authorized an additional $5 million to Impact Aid for schools with military dependent children with severe disabilities.
Impact Aid provides much needed assistance to areas impacted with a federal presence, such as military families, by partnering with local taxpayers to help meet the local responsibility of financing public education.