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Tell Congress: Pass Proposed Economic Recovery Bill With Investments in Education

January 16, 2009
This week, the House of Representatives unveiled a comprehensive economic recovery package - the American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill - that includes significant increased investments in education.

The package reflects the hard work of activists like you across the country whose voices were heard loud and clear in Congress. As a result of your efforts, the proposed bill includes:

  • $41 billion to local school districts through Title I ($13 billion), IDEA ($13 billion), a new School Modernization and Repair Program ($14 billion), and the Education Technology program ($1 billion).
  • $79 billion in state fiscal relief to prevent cutbacks to key services.
  • $15.6 billion to increase the Pell Grant by $500.
  • $6 billion for higher education modernization.

In addition, the tax portion of the economic recovery package is expected to include $21 billion in school construction bond tax credits.

The package also includes critical increases in health care, nutrition assistance, and unemployment insurance, all of which were included in NEA's asks to Congress.

Now we must push to get the House to pass this important bill.

Contact your Members of Congress Today!

Tell Members of the House to pass the American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill.


Bill To Repeal Social Security Offsets Climbs To Over 100 Cosponsors

The Social Security Fairness Act (H.R. 235), which would repeal the Government Pension Offset and Windfall Elimination Provision now has 111 bipartisan cosponsors. New names are added every day. Our goal is to rebuild the cosponsor list to last year's level as quickly as possible.

Contact your Members of Congress Today!

Tell Members of Congress to cosponsor the Social Security Fairness Act.



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