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Federal Legislative Update February 2009

February 27, 2009
February 13, 2009
February 12, 2009
February 10, 2009
February 9, 2009
February 6, 2009

 

2/27/2009

News from Capitol Hill. . .

YOU DID IT!  NEW ECONOMIC RECOVERY LAW PROVIDES MAJOR INVESTMENTS FOR EDUCATION

Thank you for your hard work in urging passage of the economic recovery package.  The new law, signed by President Obama a few weeks ago, includes the largest increase in federal funding for education in history.  These funds will create or save over 267,000 teaching jobs and 40,000 education support jobs.

NEA cyberlobbyists made a big difference in the final outcome of this package.  The proposed education funding was under serious attack and there was a very real threat that it would be cut.  Your efforts turned the tide and saved the funding.  Together, you sent over 56,000 messages to Members of Congress in just a few short days!

We could not have achieved this victory without you!

TELL THE SENATE TO PASS EDUCATION FUNDING BILL

Congress now turns attention to regular funding bills.  Last year, Congress failed to complete work on the fiscal year 2009 education funding bill.  Since the start of the fiscal year (October 1, 2008), education and many other federal programs have been operating under a “continuing resolution,” which continued prior funding levels until March of this year. 

This week, the House passed a funding bill for the rest of FY09 that provides critical resources essential for fulfilling every child’s basic right to a great public school, including increased funding for:

  • Special education
  • Title I
  • Pell Grants
  • Head Start

Now, it is the Senate’s turn to act. 

Contact your Senators!

Tell Members of the Senate to support the FY09 omnibus appropriations bill.

BILL INTRODUCED IN THE SENATE TO REPEAL SOCIAL SECURITY OFFSETS

Senators Feinstein (D-CA) and Collins (R-ME) have reintroduced the Senate version of the Social Security Fairness Act, which would repeal the Government Pension Offset and Windfall Elimination Provision.  The Senate bill number is S. 484.  It is identical to H.R. 235, which was introduced in the House of Representatives in January.

The Senate bill has 11 bipartisan cosponsors; the House bill has 181 bipartisan cosponsors. 

Contact your Members of Congress!

Tell your Senators and Representative to support the Social Security Fairness Act.

2/13/2009

News from Capitol Hill. . .

VOTES EXPECTED SOON ON ECONOMIC RECOVERY BILL: KEEP UP THE PRESSURE!


Congress is close to enacting historic legislation to get the economy moving again. The bill includes major investments in education that will help jump-start the economy, save jobs, and ensure great public schools for every child.

That's why we are asking you to call and write your Senators and Representative TODAY -  

Please tell them to vote for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  

Call them toll-free: 866-544-7573   

  • Message to your Representative and Senators: Please vote FOR the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This is a very urgent issue and your constituents back home are watching how you vote. The package includes important investments in education. This funding is very important. It will help save jobs and put more money immediately into struggling local economies. It will also reduce pressure on state budgets so more cuts to important programs can be avoided.

You can also continue to e-mail your Members of Congress in support of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

2/12/2009

News from Capitol Hill. . .

SPECIAL ALERT:

TELL CONGRESS TO PASS ECONOMIC RECOVERY BILL

The “conference committee” working out differences between the House and Senate economic recovery bills has reached an agreement. The final package will go back to the House and Senate for a vote this week and then will go to President Obama to be signed into law.

The package includes significant investments in K-12 and higher education. This funding is very important. It will help save jobs and put more money immediately into struggling local economies. It will also reduce pressure on state budgets so more cuts to important programs can be avoided.

Contact your Members of Congress Today!

Tell Members of the House and Senate to pass the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

2/10/2009

News from Capitol Hill. . .

SPECIAL ALERT:

Economic Recovery Bill Moves to “Conference Committee”

Tell Congress to Provide As Much for Education As Possible in Final Package

Today, the Senate passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Thanks to your e-mails to your Senators last week, the bill does include funding for education, although less than provided in the bill passed by the House of Representatives.

The House and Senate bills now move to a “conference committee,” which will work out differences between the two bills and bring a final agreement back to the House and Senate for a vote.

Contact your Members of Congress Today!

Tell Members of the House and Senate to support as much money as possible for education in the final economic recovery package.

 

2/9/2009

News from Capitol Hill. . .

SPECIAL ALERT:

TELL SENATE TO PASS ECONOMIC RECOVERY BILL

Thanks to your e-mails to your Senators last week, threatened cuts to education in the Senate economic recovery proposal were largely averted. A compromise reached this weekend leaves much of the education funding that flows directly to local school districts untouched.

This economic recovery package is very important. It will help save jobs and put more money immediately into struggling local economies. It will also reduce pressure on state budgets so more cuts to important programs can be avoided.

The package includes funding flexible funding for local school districts, increased funding for Title I and special education, and tax credits to help school districts finance school modernization and repair.

Contact your Senators Today!

Tell Members of the Senate to pass the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

2/6/2006

News from Capitol Hill. . .

EDUCATION FUNDING IN JEOPARDY: CALL YOUR SENATORS TODAY!!!!

Education funding in the proposed economic recovery package is in serious danger. An amendment being offered by Senators Nelson (D-NE) and Collins (R-ME) would drastically reduce the education funding in the economic recovery package.

This funding is very important. It will help save jobs and put more money immediately into struggling local economies. It will also reduce pressure on state budgets so more cuts to important programs can be avoided.

The Nelson-Collins amendment would cut one-half of the funds allocated for:

  • Flexible funds to local school districts ($39 billion)
  • Special education/IDEA ($6.8 billion)
  • Title I ($6.5 billion)
  • Head Start ($1 billion)
  • Teacher Quality grants ($50 million)

These cuts would undermine the intent of the economic recovery package to take pressure off state budgets stretched to their limits and infuse critically needed resources immediately into local communities. See how the amendment would impact funding for your state.

Contact your Senators Today!

Tell Members of the Senate to VOTE NO on the Nelson-Collins amendment and to pass the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act with the education funding intact

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