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Letter to Conferees for the FY10 Congressional Budget Resolution

April 24, 2009

Dear Budget Resolution Conferee:


On behalf of the National Education Association’s (NEA) 3.2 million members, we would like to offer our views for your consideration as you craft the final FY 2010 Budget agreement. 

NEA believes that the Budget Resolution should reflect the priorities of our nation, including ensuring all of our children a quality education and paving the way for access to affordable health care for all.  Specifically, we urge you to:

  • Accept the House language supporting reconciliation, to pave the way for action on health care reform and college affordability.  To fix the economy we must fix health care.  We need a national solution now and we cannot afford to allow a handful of health care opponents to block real health care reform this year.  The House language is critical to ensuring that we can engage in a full debate on these vital issues.
  • Accept the overall House top line discretionary number, which will allow us to make the necessary investments in education and other priorities to renew our economy.
  • Include at least the $89.4 billion for Function 500 provided in the Senate bill.  This level will allow us to build on the bold, historic, and long overdue increases for education provided in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, from early childhood through post-secondary education and training.  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.

A budget that invests in education and health care is essential to revitalizing our economy.  We thank you for your consideration of our views on these important issues. 

Sincerely,

Diane Shust
Director of Government Relations

Randall Moody
Manager of Federal Advocacy