October 13, 2017
Tell Congress to renew the Children’s Health Insurance Program
President Trump intensified his efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act — despite the opposition of Congress and a majority of the American people — by taking two actions this week that threaten to make health care less accessible and affordable for millions of Americans, including kids in low- and mid-income families. The president’s actions compound the looming damage from Congress’ failure to renew the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which covers 8.9 million children. Combined with Medicaid, CHIP covers 40 percent of our nation’s children. Since its creation in 1997, the program has enjoyed strong, bipartisan support — recognition of its vital role in helping to ensure that every child comes to school ready and able to learn. Click on the take action button to tell your members of Congress to act swiftly to renew CHIP.
Urge Congress to Pass the Dream Act of 2017
To keep up the pressure on Congress, NEA board members personally urged their senators and representatives to support the Dream Act (S. 1615/H.R. 3440). In particular, we need to build support among Republicans for the Dream Act. This vitally important legislation provides the certainty and permanent protections Dreamers — people brought to this country as children — deserve, including multiple pathways to citizenship via higher education, military service, and employment. To qualify, individuals must have entered the United States as minors and have a continuous presence in the United States for four years before the date of the bill’s enactment. Click on the take action button to contact your members of Congress and urge them to support the Dream Act.
Cheers and Jeers
Representative Patrick Meehan (R-PA) for joining the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Caucus to preserve PSLF and encourage people to pursue careers in education, firefighting, law enforcement, and other forms of public service
Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) for introducing the Affordable Housing for Educational Achievement Demonstration (AHEAD) Act (S. 1949) to provide incentives for housing authorities, school districts, and community partners to work together to improve outcomes for students from low-income families and homeless students
President Trump for ending Affordable Care Act subsidies that help pay the out-of-pocket costs of low-income people and ordering regulatory changes that threaten to further increase out-of-pocket costs and weaken protections for people with pre-existing conditions