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NEA: Speaker Boehner’s ‘millionaires’ plan is wrong and misguided

NEA president urges Congress to stand up for middle class families and students

WASHINGTON - December 19, 2012 -

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) unveiled his latest “millionaires” plan aimed at getting the nation’s fiscal house in order. His latest plan would push the nation over the so-called “fiscal cliff” by maintaining the across-the-board cuts to services and programs on which millions of Americans rely while extending tax breaks for individuals making over $1 million.

The following is a statement from NEA President Dennis Van Roekel:

“Speaker Boehner’s ‘millionaires’ plan is more of the same: protect tax cuts for the wealthiest while demanding even more from our students and seniors and extracting further cuts in education, Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare. We urge Congress to reject Speaker Boehner’s plan, which would force our most vulnerable to bear the brunt of devastating, across-the-board cuts to vital programs on which millions of middle class Americans rely.

“If Congress allows Speaker Boehner’s plan to pass, we are only steps away from inflicting tremendous, irreversible harm to our nation’s 50 million students, risking our children’s future. Across-the-board cuts will mean fewer educators, students crammed into already overcrowded classrooms, shorter school weeks, 4-year-olds cheated out of early childhood education, and dreams dashed for aspiring college students due to soaring costs.

“Congress needs to stand up for middle class families and students. It’s why I joined President Obama and a growing chorus of voices calling on lawmakers to work out a good deal for hard working families, extend the middle-class tax cuts and ask the rich and corporations to pay their fair share of taxes.”

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The National Education Association is the nation's largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators, and students preparing to become teachers.

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