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Letter to the Senate Supporting FY2010 Congressional Budget Resolution

March 31, 2009

 Dear Senator:


On behalf of the National Education Association's (NEA) 3.2 million members, we strongly urge you to:

  • Vote YES on passage of the FY2010 Congressional Budget Resolution (S.Con.Res. 13);
  • Vote NO on any amendment that would spend federal funds on private school vouchers;
  • Vote NO on any amendments that would cut proposed discretionary spending;
  • Vote YES on the Kennedy-Lugar amendment to restore $4 billion to the International Affairs Budget and oppose any further cutting amendments; and
  •  Vote YES any amendment that would increase discretionary spending.

 

Votes associated with these issues may be included in the NEA Legislative Report Card for the 111th Congress.

 

NEA believes the Budget Resolution should reflect the priorities of our nation, and ensuring all of our children a quality education should be a top priority.  Particularly in these troubling economic times, investing in education makes both good fiscal sense and good public policy.  Funding targeted to quality public schools will see the greatest return on taxpayer money and will strengthen the entire economy.

S.Con.Res 13 meets these standards.  Specifically, it:

  •          Builds on the historic increases for education included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), from early childhood through post-secondary education and training;
  •          Expands access to college by continuing to raise the maximum Pell grant award;
  •          Supports the Administration’s commitment to providing access to quality, affordable and comprehensive health care coverage for all residents of the United States.

Again, we urge your support for the Congressional Budget Resolution.

Sincerely,

Diane Shust
Director of Government Relations

Randall Moody
Manager of Federal Advocacy