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Federal Legislative Update April 2009

April 23, 2009
April 3, 2009

4/23/2009

News from Capitol Hill. . .

Important Vote on Federal Budget Soon!

Congress has returned from a two-week recess and is back to work on the Congressional Budget Resolution for fiscal year 2010 (which begins October 1, 2009). A "conference committee" is working out differences between the versions already passed by the House and Senate and then the final agreement will go back to the House and Senate for a vote very soon.

NEA believes the budget should help rebuild and renew our economy through investments in education and other vital services, and health care reform. Although details of a final agreement are still being worked out, it is likely that the budget will provide critical increases for education, building on the investments provided in the economic recovery package. We are hopeful that the budget will also include language that will pave the way for consideration of health care reform in the near future.

Contact your Members of Congress

Urge Members of Congress to support a final Budget Resolution that will help renew the economy through investments in education and health care reform.

Check out "Republicans Opposing Voucher Efforts" Website

Republicans who support public education and oppose private school vouchers can express those views through a website at http://www.rove2009.org/ (Republicans Opposing Voucher Efforts). At this site, you can read your state's Republican platform and the national Republican platform, and can send a message to Republican Chairman Steele and your state officials in opposition to vouchers. Please take a moment to check out this informative website.

4/3/2009

News from Capitol Hill. . .


KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK: Continue to urge Congress to craft a “Budget Resolution” that reflects the importance of education to our nation

Thanks to your efforts, this week both the House and Senate passed slightly different versions of the Congressional Budget Resolution for fiscal year 2010 (which begins October 1, 2009). Congress will be on recess from April 6-17 and Members will be home in their states and districts. When Congress returns to Washington, the House and Senate budgets will go to a “conference committee” to work out differences and then the House and Senate will vote on a final budget agreement.

NEA believes the budget should:

  • Reflect education as a top national priority;
  • Build on the historic increases for education included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), with additional funding for Title I and IDEA/special education;
  • Help more students attend and complete college by increasing the maximum Pell Grants awards
  • Make significant investments in career and technical education, afterschool programs and education technology, after years of insufficient funding;
  • Support efforts to reform health care so that everyone has access to quality, affordable and comprehensive coverage

Contact your Members of Congress

Urge Members of Congress to support a final Budget Resolution that reflects the importance of education to our nation by providing as much funding for education as possible.

SUPPORT FOR REPEAL OF SOCIAL SECURITY OFFSETS CONTINUES TO BUILD

The Social Security Fairness Act (H.R. 235/S. 484), which would repeal both the Government Pension Offset and Windfall Elimination Provision, continues to gain cosponsors. The House bill now has 258 bipartisan cosponsors and the Senate bill has 21.

Contact your Members of Congress Today!

Tell Members of Congress to cosponsor and support immediate movement of the Social Security Fairness Act.