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Legislative Report Card for the 111th Congress, First Session, Description of Votes Scored

House Report Card | Senate Report Card

Votes cast in the full U.S. House and Senate remain the major criteria on which Report Card grades are based.  Members of Congress typically are notified in writing any time a pending vote may be scored in the Legislative Report Card, and votes are selected for inclusion in the Report Card based on their relevance to advancing NEA’s identified legislative priorities.  The following votes were scored in the 111th Congress, First Session:

U.S. House of Representatives

  1. EDUCATION FUNDING/JOBS:  NEA SUPPORTED passage of the Jobs for Main Street Act (included in the Commerce, Justice, State Appropriations Bill — H.R. 2847).   This legislation would provide $27 billion to save/create education jobs and fund school modernization.  The legislation passed 217-212 on December 16, 2009.  A “yes” vote supported the NEA position.  (House Vote #1-991).

  2. HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM: NEA SUPPORTED passage of the Affordable Health Care for America Act (H.R. 3962).  This legislation would provide more affordable, quality coverage for all, call for shared responsibility by individuals, employers and government, and expand health insurance coverage choices.  The bill includes provisions to make health insurance and health care services more affordable and to retain and strengthen employer-sponsored insurance and extend this responsibility across a broader spectrum of employers.  It includes progressive financing provisions to ensure that middle income families do not take on an even greater burden for securing comprehensive health insurance coverage for their families. The legislation passed 220-215 on November 7, 2009.  A “yes” vote supported the NEA position.  (House Vote #1-887).

  3. HIGHER EDUCATION/STUDENT AID: NEA SUPPORTED passage of the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (H.R. 3221).  This legislation would eliminate federally subsidized private loans and provide $8.8 billion to community colleges over the next ten years — including money for grants to help students stay in and complete college, and funds to help repair and modernize community college facilities.  The bill also would increase the maximum Pell Grant scholarship, lower interest rates on need-based federal student loans, simplify the federal financial aid application, provide $4 billion in grants to states and local school districts to help repair and modernize K-12 school facilities, and make significant investments in comprehensive, high quality early childhood education.  The legislation passed 253-171 on September 17, 2009.  A “yes” vote supported the NEA position.  (House Vote #1-719).

  4. EDUCATION FUNDING: NEA SUPPORTED passage of the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2010 (H.R. 3293). This legislation restored funding ($1.5 billion) for Title I that the Administration proposed cutting, and increased funding for Pell Grants, IDEA, English Language Learner grants, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Impact Aid, and Head Start.  The legislation passed 264-153 on July 24, 2009.  A “yes” vote supported the NEA position.  (House Vote #1-646).

  5. SCIENCE/MATH/TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION: NEA SUPPORTED passage of the STEM Education Coordination Act (H.R. 1709).  This legislation established a committee under the National Science and Technology Council to develop a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education strategic plan and to coordinate federal programs and activities in support of STEM education.  The legislation passed 353-29 on June 8, 2009.  A “yes” vote supported the NEA position.  (House Vote #1-312).

  6. SCHOOL MODERNIZATION/GREEN SCHOOLS: NEA SUPPORTED passage of the 21st Century Green High-Performing School Facilities Act (H.R. 257). This legislation would provide $6.4 billion for repair and modernization of public schools.  It passed 275-155 on May 14, 2009.  A “yes” vote supported the NEA position.  (House Vote #1-259).

  7. HATE CRIMES: NEA SUPPORTED passage of the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act (H.R. 1913) to help ensure a comprehensive federal state/local partnership to address hate crimes. The legislation passed 249-175 on April 29, 2009.  A “yes” vote supported the NEA position.  (House Vote #1-223).

  8. NATIONAL SERVICE: NEA SUPPORTED passage of the Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education (GIVE) Act (H.R. 1388). This legislation strengthened existing service programs and created new innovative programs to help improve student achievement and graduation in low-income schools, provide new incentives for middle and high school students to volunteer in their communities, increase the number of AmeriCorps volunteers, and increase the education reward they receive to match the maximum Pell Grant.   The legislation passed 275-149 on March 31, 2009.  A “yes” vote supported the NEA position.  (House Vote #1-169).

  9. ECONOMIC RECOVERY/EDUCATION FUNDING AND JOBS: NEA SUPPORTED passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (H.R. 1). This economic recovery legislation provided historic increases in education funding, including increases for Title I and IDEA, a new state fiscal stabilization fund, and school construction bonds.  As a result, funding for the Department of Education increased to $159.4 billion — an increase of 169 percent.  The legislation is credited with saving some 250,000 education jobs. The legislation passed 246-183 on February 13, 2009.  A “yes” vote supported the NEA position.  (House Vote #1-70).

  10. CHILDREN’S HEALTH: NEA SUPPORTED passage of the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2). This legislation expanded the State Children’s Health Insurance Program to cover an additional four million uninsured children.  It passed 290-135 on February 4, 2009.  A “yes” vote supported the NEA position.  (House Vote #1-50).

  11. EQUAL PAY:  NEA SUPPORTED passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (S. 181). This legislation helped ensure that victims of pay discrimination can effectively challenge unequal pay by clarifying the timeframe for bringing a claim, thereby allowing sufficient time to discover the inequity.  The legislation passed 250-177 on January 27, 2009.  A “yes” vote supported the NEA position.  (House Vote #1-37).

United States Senate

  1. HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM: NEA SUPPORTED a procedural motion to allow the Senate to proceed on consideration of a health insurance reform package (H.R. 3590).  Allowing debate to proceed was critical to continuing on the path toward enactment of meaningful health insurance reform.  The motion passed 60-39 on November 21, 2009.  A “yes” vote supported the NEA position.  (Senate Vote #1-353).

  2. HATE CRIMES: NEA SUPPORTED passage of a cloture motion to close debate and move to a vote on an amendment offered by Senator Leahy (D-VT) to the Department of Defense Authorization Act (S. 1390) that would add the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act (H.R. 1913) to the bill.  The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act would help ensure a comprehensive federal state/local partnership to address hate crimes. The motion passed 63-28 on July 16, 2009.  A “yes” vote supported the NEA position.  (Senate Vote #1-233).

  3. NATIONAL SERVICE: NEA SUPPORTED passage of the Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education (GIVE) Act (H.R. 1388). This legislation strengthened existing service programs and created new innovative programs to help improve student achievement and graduation in low-income schools, provide new incentives for middle and high school students to volunteer in their communities, increase the number of AmeriCorps volunteers, and increase the education reward they receive to match the maximum Pell Grant.   The legislation passed 79-19 on March 26, 2009.  A “yes” vote supported the NEA position.  (Senate Vote #1-115).

  4. PRIVATE SCHOOL VOUCHERS: NEA OPPOSED passage of an amendment offered by Senator Ensign (R-NV) to the Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Bill (H.R. 1105) to continue full funding for the District of Columbia voucher program beyond the program’s set expiration date.   The amendment failed 39-58 on March 10, 2009.  A “no” vote supported the NEA position.  (Senate Vote #1-94).

  5. ECONOMIC RECOVERY/EDUCATION FUNDING AND JOBS: NEA SUPPORTED passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (H.R. 1). This economic recovery legislation provided historic increases in education funding, including increases for Title I and IDEA, a new state fiscal stabilization fund, and school construction bonds.  As a result, funding for the Department of Education increased to $159.4 billion — an increase of 169 percent.  The legislation is credited with saving some 250,000 education jobs. The legislation passed 60-38 on February 13, 2009.  A “yes” vote supported the NEA position.  (Senate Vote #1-64).

  6. CHILDREN’S HEALTH: NEA SUPPORTED passage of the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2). This legislation expanded the State Children’s Health Insurance Program to cover an additional four million uninsured children.  It passed 66-32 on January 29, 2009.  A “yes” vote supported the NEA position.  (Senate Vote #1-31).

  7. EQUAL PAY:  NEA SUPPORTED passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (S. 181). This legislation helped ensure that victims of pay discrimination can effectively challenge unequal pay by clarifying the timeframe for bringing a claim, thereby allowing sufficient time to discover the inequity.  The legislation passed 61-36 on January 22, 2009.  A “yes” vote supported the NEA position.  (Senate Vote #1-14).