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Federal Legislative Update October 2010

October 29, 2010
October 22, 2010
October 15, 2010

News from Capitol Hill. . .

10/29/10

Countdown to Election Day: What’s At Stake?


Election Day is fast approaching. Did you know that there are 37 Governors races, 37 U.S. Senate Races, 435 U.S. House Races, and dozens of ballot measures and initiatives that would affect public education, students, and educators? The number of governorships up for election is more than the nation has ever seen in a single year. 6,118 state legislative seats will be chosen in 46 states. In most states, it will be the governors and state legislators elected next week who will draw the lines of congressional districts that will stand for the next decade.

Visit NEA's Education Votes website for tools and resources to help education voters stand up for students and public education.

Fiscal Commission Meets November 10: Speak Up Against Social Security Cuts


The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform will hold its next meeting on November 10, 2010 — its final public meeting before the December 1st deadline for its recommendations. If the Commission reaches agreement, its plan — which could include deep cuts to Social Security — has been guaranteed a fast track up-or-down vote in Congress in December.

Last week, 136 Members of Congress spoke out against cuts to Social Security, thanks to the hard work of the NEA Board and other activists who garnered signatures on a letter to President Obama.

Social Security has not contributed one dime to the federal deficit — it actually has a surplus of $2.6 trillion today. Social Security belongs to the people who have worked hard and paid taxes to the program. It should not be cut to reduce the deficit.

The retirement age has already been raised from 65 to 66, and it will go to 67 in 2022. Some in Congress want to raise it to 70. That would cut benefits by 20 percent!

Take Action Now:

  • Submit comments directly to the Commission at commission@fc.eop.gov. Make sure they hear your voice before their next meeting. Tell them that Social Security Social Security is the cornerstone of the social safety net for America’s retired workers and that the program and its benefits must be protected. Urge Commission members to oppose privatization of Social Security and mandatory social security coverage. Tell them how important Social Security is to you. And, ask them to call for repeal of the Government Pension Offset and Windfall Elimination Provision. Share with the Commission your story about how the offsets have impacted you, or will impact you, when you retire.
  • Tell Congress: No Social Security cuts. No retirement age increase. No risky privatization schemes. Also urge them to repeal the unfair Social Security offsets that threaten the retirement security of far too many educators, police, firefighters, and other public employees.

Other Ways to Get Involved:

Stand up for Educators: Send a Letter to the Editor about Real Education Reform


NEA leaders have been hard at work promoting the message of collaboration and innovation in education. Both NEA president Dennis Van Roekel and Vice President Lily Eskelsen have been highlighting the work of educators and the need to have their voice at the table in order to transform public education and help students succeed. Learn more.

Take Action Now:

  • Join the debate and make sure your voice is heard. Much of the media focus in recent weeks has been on so-called education “reformers.” But you are the experts on what works for students and educators. Don’t let them ignore your voice. Spread the word about what real education reform means. Send a letter to the editor about to your local newspaper by clicking here. You can use NEA’s provided talking points or compose your own letter.

 

News from Capitol Hill. . .

10/22/10


NEA and Members of Congress Speak Up Against Social Security Cuts


This week, 136 Members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to President Obama opposing any cuts to Social Security benefits, any increase in the retirement age, and any proposals to privatize the program. The significant support for this letter is a direct result of the hard work of activists like you -- who have sent strong messages to Congress about the need to protect America’s most successful anti-poverty program — and the members of the NEA Board of Directors who made personal visits to congressional offices last month to garner the 136 signatories.

There is still more work to be done. The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform continues to meet, and could recommend deep cuts to Social Security. If the Commission reaches agreement, its plan has been guaranteed a fast track up-or-down vote in Congress in December.

Social Security has not contributed one dime to the federal deficit — it actually has a surplus of $2.6 trillion today. Social Security belongs to the people who have worked hard and paid taxes to the program. It should not be cut to reduce the deficit.

The retirement age has already been raised from 65 to 66, and it will go to 67 in 2022. Some in Congress want to raise it to 70. That would cut benefits by 20 percent!

Take Action Now: Tell Congress: No Social Security cuts. No retirement age increase. No risky privatization schemes. Also urge them to repeal the unfair Social Security offsets that threaten the retirement security of far too many educators, police, firefighters, and other public employees.

You can also submit comments directly to the Commission at commission@fc.eop.gov. Tell them that Social Security Social Security is the cornerstone of the social safety net for America’s retired workers and that the program and its benefits must be protected. Urge Commission members to oppose privatization of Social Security and mandatory social security coverage. Tell them how important Social Security is to you. And, ask them to call for repeal of the Government Pension Offset and Windfall Elimination Provision. Share with the Commission your story about how the offsets have impacted you, or will impact you, when you retire.

Other Ways to Get Involved:

Standing up for Educators: Send a Letter to the Editor about Real Education Reform


NEA leaders have been hard at work promoting the message of collaboration and innovation in education. Both NEA president Dennis Van Roekel and Vice President Lily Eskelsen have been highlighting the work of educators and the need to have their voice at the table in order to transform public education. Learn more.

Take Action Now: Join the debate and make sure your voice is heard. Much of the media focus in recent weeks has been on so-called education “reformers.” But you are the experts on what works for students and educators. Don’t let them ignore your voice. Spread the word about what real education reform means. Send a letter to the editor about to your local newspaper by clicking here. You can use NEA’s provided talking points or compose your own letter.

 

News from Capitol Hill. . .

10/15/10

 

Protect Social Security and Fight for Social Security Fairness


The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform is meeting behind closed doors deciding the fate of Social Security. It looks like it could recommend deep cuts to Social Security — and justify those cuts by saying that it’s necessary to reduce the deficit.

If it reaches agreement, its plan has been guaranteed a fast track up-or-down vote in Congress in December.

Social Security has not contributed one dime to the federal deficit — it actually has a surplus of $2.6 trillion today. Social Security belongs to the people who have worked hard and paid taxes to the program. It should not be cut to reduce the deficit.

The retirement age has already been raised from 65 to 66, and it will go to 67 in 2022. Some in Congress want to raise it to 70. That would cut benefits by 20 percent!

There are several crucial efforts underway in Congress. Representative Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) is circulating a letter to President Obama opposing any Social Security benefit cuts and efforts to privatize the program. Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) is sponsoring a House Resolution that opposes any increase in the retirement age. Senator Sanders (I-VT) is sponsoring a Senate Resolution opposing any Social Security benefit cuts.

Take Action Now: Tell Congress: No Social Security cuts. No retirement age increase. No risky privatization schemes. Also urge them to repeal the unfair Social Security offsets that threaten the retirement security of far too many educators, police, firefighters, and other public employees.

You can also submit comments directly to the Commission at commission@fc.eop.gov. Tell them that Social Security Social Security is the cornerstone of the social safety net for America’s retired workers and that the program and its benefits must be protected. Urge Commission members to oppose privatization of Social Security and mandatory social security coverage. Tell them how important Social Security is to you. And, ask them to call for repeal of the Government Pension Offset and Windfall Elimination Provision. Share with the Commission your story about how the offsets have impacted you, or will impact you, when you retire.

Other Ways to Get Involved: