July 28, 2017
Senate defeats terrible health bills crafted by GOP leadership
Early Friday morning, Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and John McCain (R-AZ) joined all 48 Democrats in casting the votes that defeated — for now — the GOP’s drive to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare. GOP leadership had drafted the legislation behind closed doors with no hearings, no input from the American people, and no input from the majority of senators from either party. It would have caused tens of millions of Americans to lose health coverage and rolled back federal funding for Medicaid, which covers 40 percent of all children and 60 percent of children with disabilities. NEA urged Congress to start again and take a bipartisan approach to improving the Affordable Care Act. Stay tuned for more in future issues of the Education Insider.
Tell Congress not to cut education funding
The House did not vote on the FY2018 budget before heading home, so an interim spending bill is likely to be needed to keep the government running after September 30. A measure advancing in the House would slash education funding by $2.4 billion, but that could change and the Senate is still crafting its version. NEA continues to push for a budget agreement that raises the overall funding caps. You can help by making sure members of Congress understand that the cuts in the Trump/DeVos education budget proposal would lead to lost jobs, larger class sizes, and undermine ESSA implementation. Click on the take action button and tell Congress to invest in our students, not cut education funding.
Reach out while Congress is back home
The House has already started its summer recess (until Sept. 5) and the Senate plans to begin its recess the third week in August. Please take the opportunity to reach out to your representatives while they’re back home and talk about the threats we’ll be facing when Congress returns in the fall — like vouchers and budget cuts. Continue to weigh in via the Legislative Action Center as well. The Education Insider will take a recess unless developments warrant updates or action.
Cheers and Jeers
Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and John McCain (R-AZ) for casting decisive votes against the deeply flawed bills crafted by GOP leadership to “fix” the Affordable Care Act
Representatives Ryan Costello (R-PA) and Brendan Boyle (D-PA) for forming the public service loan forgiveness (PSLF) caucus to fight the Trump/DeVos proposal to eliminate the entire program
Representatives Tom Rooney (R-FL) and Steve King (R-IA) for proposing anti-labor amendments to an appropriations bill that prohibit funds from being used to enforce the Davis-Bacon Act, which requires the federal government to pay prevailing wages for public works projects