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Letter to 64 Republicans who voted at least once in support of the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill, calling for an override of the Presidential veto

November 14, 2007

Dear Representative: 

On behalf of the National Education Association's (NEA) 3.2 million members, thank you for your vote in support of the FY08 Labor, HHS, Education Appropriations bill. Your vote reflected the strong bipartisan for our nation's public schools and the students they serve. We were deeply disappointed by the President's veto of essential resources for children and public education and hope we can continue to count on your vote to override the President's veto.

As a reflection of the importance to NEA, votes associated with overriding the President's veto of the FY08 Labor-HHS-Education bill WILL be included in the NEA Legislative Report Card for the 110th Congress.

The FY08 Labor-HHS-Education funding bill provides significant increases for vital education programs. The bill reverses the devastating trend of cuts and freezes to education funding in recent years and will help provide schools and students the resources necessary to succeed.

If the President's veto is allowed to stand, and Congress agrees to the President's funding request, our nation's most vulnerable schools and students will be shortchanged by $4.5 billion, including:

  • $600 million for programs under No Child Left Behind;
  • $800 million for special education; and
  • $600 million for career and technical education. 

This shameful slashing of education resources is simply unacceptable.

Failure to override the President's veto simply leaves too many federal mandates with too few federal resources. We can and must do better as a nation. It is time for Congress to stand up for children and public education. 

I strongly urge you to vote to override the President's veto of the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill. 


Reg Weaver