Statement from Chairman Alexander and Ranking Member Murray on the June 20 HELP Executive Session

 WASHINGTON, June 15, 2018 — Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today released the following statement regarding the postponement of the committee’s Executive Session scheduled for June 20:

“We have announced an Executive Session for June 20 for a series of important bills and nominations. Our goal is bipartisan agreement on the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act and we are making significant progress toward that goal. Because Sen. Alexander will be managing the Energy and Water Appropriations bill on the Senate floor next week, we have agreed to postpone the June 20 Executive Session to Tuesday, June 26 or Wednesday, June 27 at a time to be determined.”

Senate HELP to Markup Perkins CTE on June 20th

The Senate is finally scheduling action on  Perkins CTE.  Senate HELP Chair Alexander (R-TN) has announced that the Committee will vote on reforms to Perkins CTE on June 20th.

In an article in Bloomberg Government, Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn) said, he will mark up a bill even if he and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the panel’s top Democrat, are unable to come to a bipartisan compromise on the legislation.

“Hopefully it will be bipartisan,” Alexander, the head of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, told Bloomberg Government today. He said several points of contention between him and Murray have yet to be worked out, but there was “no need to delay it any further.”

“If we have differences of opinion, we can just vote,” he said.


Alexander and Murray, along with Sens. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) had been working to craft a bipartisan bill, with the most recent round of discussions beginning within the last several months.

House E&W Committee Report with Description of House-passed Perkins Reforms

On the heels of passing H.R. 5587 by 405 to 5, the House Education and the Workforce Committee has shared its analysis of the legislation here.

The 18-page Committee Report provides the purpose, Committee Action, Summary, Committee Views, Section-By-Section Analysis, and additional materials related to the legislation.