July 16, 2017
Tell senators to VOTE NO on GOP health bill
Senate GOP leadership unveiled a revised bill to "replace" the Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare, and will try to pass it this month. Crafted behind closed doors by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), the centerpiece of the bill is a radical rollback of federal funding for Medicaid, which covers 40 percent of all children and 60 percent of children with disabilities, and provides $4 billion a year to schools for health care and services that children need to learn and thrive. To compensate for the loss of federal support, states are likely to divert money from education to health care and limit the number of Medicaid beneficiaries, the scope of Medicaid benefits, or both. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), an earlier version of the bill would cause 22 million Americans to lose health coverage over the next decade; CBO’s analysis of the current bill is scheduled to be released this week. Go to nea.org/stoptrumpcare or click on the take action button and tell your senators to oppose the GOP health bill.
House committee endorses FY2018 education budget with draconian cuts in Title II
The Trump/DeVos education budget for FY2018 advanced as a House appropriations subcommittee approved the elimination of funding for Title II programs that include professional development, class-size reduction, and after-school programs. “The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. notably stated that budgets are not just financial documents; they are moral documents,” said NEA president Lily Eskelsen García. “This budget is terrible for students and neighborhood public schools across the country. If enacted, it will deprive millions of students of opportunities by eliminating funding that will result in nearly 8,500 educators losing their jobs.” Click on the take action button and tell Congress to focus on investing in — and improving — the public schools where 9 out of 10 students get their education.
Cheers and Jeers
House appropriations subcommittee Democrats Rosa DeLauro (CT), Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA), Barbara Lee (CA), Mark Pocan (WI), and Katherine Clark (MA) for voting NO on the Trump/DeVos education budget for FY2018
House appropriations subcommittee Republicans Tom Cole (OK), Mike Simpson (ID), Steve Womack (AR), Chuck Fleischmann (TN), Andy Harris (MD), Martha Roby (AL), and Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA) for voting YES on the Trump/DeVos education budget for FY2018