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Federal Legislative Update January 2009

January 30, 2009
January 23, 2009
January 16, 2009
January 9, 2009


1/30/2009

News from Capitol Hill. . .

House Passes Economic Recovery Bill: Keep up the Pressure on the Senate

This week, the House passed an economic recovery bill with significant investments in education. As we have reported, the package reflects the hard work of activists like you across the country whose voices were heard loud and clear in Congress.

The Senate is expected to take up their version of the bill next week. Like the House bill, the Senate version includes a number of proposals put forth by NEA, including:

School modernization assistance.

Money to local school districts and public colleges and universities distributed through existing state and federal formulas.

Increased funding for Title I and special education.

An increase in the Pell Grant maximum award.

The Making Work Pay Tax Credit, which would put additional income into the hands of working families and allow them to contribute more to their local economies.

A $300 payment for retirees, disabled veterans, and SSI recipients, which would put more cash in the pockets of retirees living on fixed incomes.

For more information on the economic recovery package, including how it will impact your state, visit the NEA website.

Contact your Senators Today!
Tell Members of the Senate to pass the American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill.


1/23/2009

News from Capitol Hill. . .

KEEP UP THE PRESSURE: Tell Congress to Pass Proposed Economic Recovery Bill With Investments in Education

This week, the House Appropriations, Ways and Means, and Energy and Commerce Committees considered the pieces of a proposed economic recovery package under their respective jurisdictions. The bill is expected to go to the full House next week, but its passage is far from assured.

As we reported last week, the package reflects the hard work of activists like you across the country whose voices were heard loud and clear in Congress. As a result of your efforts, the proposed bill includes:

  • 41 billion to local school districts through Title I ($13 billion), IDEA ($13 billion), a new School Modernization and Repair Program ($14 billion), and the Education Technology program ($1 billion).
  • $79 billion in state fiscal relief to prevent cutbacks to key services.
  • $15.6 billion to increase the Pell Grant by $500.
  • $6 billion for higher education modernization.

In addition, the tax portion of the economic recovery package includes $22 billion in school construction bond tax credits.

The package also includes critical increases in health care, nutrition assistance, and unemployment insurance, all of which were included in NEA's asks to Congress.

Contact your Members of Congress Today!

Tell members of the House to pass the American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill.

 

1/16/2009

News from Capitol Hill. . .

Tell Congress: Pass Proposed Economic Recovery Bill With Investments in Education

This week, the House of Representatives unveiled a comprehensive economic recovery package - the American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill - that includes significant increased investments in education.
The package reflects the hard work of activists like you across the country whose voices were heard loud and clear in Congress. As a result of your efforts, the proposed bill includes:

  • $41 billion to local school districts through Title I ($13 billion), IDEA ($13 billion), a new School Modernization and Repair Program ($14 billion), and the Education Technology program ($1 billion).
  • $79 billion in state fiscal relief to prevent cutbacks to key services.
  • $15.6 billion to increase the Pell Grant by $500.
  • $6 billion for higher education modernization.

In addition, the tax portion of the economic recovery package is expected to include $21 billion in school construction bond tax credits.

The package also includes critical increases in health care, nutrition assistance, and unemployment insurance, all of which were included in NEA's asks to Congress.

Now we must push to get the House to pass this important bill.

Contact your Members of Congress Today!
Tell Members of the House to pass the American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill.

Bill To Repeal Social Security Offsets Climbs To Over 100 Cosponsors

The Social Security Fairness Act (H.R. 235), which would repeal the Government Pension Offset and Windfall Elimination Provision now has 111 bipartisan cosponsors. New names are added every day. Our goal is to rebuild the cosponsor list to last year's level as quickly as possible.

Contact your Members of Congress Today!

Tell Members of Congress to cosponsor the Social Security Fairness Act.


1/9/2009

News from Capitol Hill. . .

Tell Congress To Provide Education Funding In Economic Stimulus Package

The 111th Congress opened this week, with the economic crisis on the top of the agenda. Congressional leaders hope to send a comprehensive stimulus plan to President Obama by mid-February.

NEA is proposing a plan to stimulate the economy and protect/create jobs by providing additional funding to states through existing education funding formulas. Doing this will allow funding to get out quickly to every community across the nation in order to prevent cuts to education, protect jobs, and stimulate economic growth. In fact, for each dollar invested, education typically creates more jobs in communities than any other industry.

Contact your Members of Congress Today!

Tell Members of Congress to provide flexible funding for education through state funding formulas as part of any economic recovery plan.

Bill To Repeal Social Security Offsets Reintroduced

Representatives Howard Berman (D-CA) and Buck McKeon (R-CA) have reintroduced the Social Security Fairness Act to repeal the Government Pension Offset and Windfall Elimination Provision. The new bill number is H.R. 235. The previous bill, which had over 300 cosponsors, expired at the end of the last Congress. When the new Congress convened this week, our sponsors immediately reintroduced the bill - demonstrating their strong support for the issue and desire to send a message about its importance to their congressional colleagues.

The bill was introduced with over 80 cosponsors. See if your Representative is a cosponsor. We expect the Senate version to be re-introduced shortly.

Contact your Members of Congress Today!

Tell Members of Congress to cosponsor the Social Security Fairness Act.

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