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Letter to House on Jobs: Pass Supplemental Appropriations Bill with House Amendment

June 30, 2010

Dear Representative:


We strongly urge you to support the House amendment to the Supplemental Appropriations bill (H.R. 4899), which includes $10 billion to help avert massive layoffs and save education jobs, as well as nearly $5 billion to address a serious shortfall in the  Pell grant program. In addition, the bill will bring critical federal dollars to your district—for details, please see the attached chart, which illustrates the benefits to each congressional district. 

This investment in education will save jobs in other sectors and spur economic recovery.  For every 100,000 education jobs lost, another 30,000 jobs are lost in other sectors due to reduced consumer spending and tax revenues, according to the Economic Policy Institute.

Education reform cannot happen without educators in the classroom. Fulfilling the promise of public education requires investing in quality staff to ensure that all students get the attention and assistance they need to excel. If we don’t invest now, we will pay more later—in the form of remediation; a less prepared and less competitive workforce; and increased demand for safety-net spending. Investing in education is investing in America’s future. Students get only one shot at an education. It is not their fault they are in school during a devastating economic crisis.

The need for action is urgent and it must be taken soon—before the July 4 recess and the start of the new fiscal year in the states. A vote for the House amendment to the Supplemental Appropriations bill is a vote to keep educators working, keep students learning, and spur economic recovery.      

Sincerely,

Kim Anderson        
Director of Government Relations    

Mary Kusler
Manager of Federal Advocacy