June 18, 2017
Urge senators not to play Robin Hood in reverse with health care
A small group of Republican senators is working behind closed doors to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act in order to give massive tax cuts to the wealthy. Like the terrible bill crafted by House GOP leadership, the Senate bill plays Robin Hood in reverse. It would slash and cap funding for Medicaid, which provides health coverage for 36 million children and $4 billion a year to schools for special needs students. Other potential pitfalls include allowing states to exclude essential benefits like prenatal care, mental health services, and addiction treatment, and permitting insurance companies to charge people with pre-existing conditions many times more than healthy people as they did before the Affordable Care Act prohibited these practices. Click on the take action button to send an email or call 1-855-764-1010 to tell your senators to oppose the GOP health bill.
Tell your representative to support the career tech bill coming to House floor next week
The House is scheduled to vote next week on the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2353). The bill reflects NEA priorities in key areas: strengthening professional development, especially as it relates to serving special needs and under-represented students, like English-language learners; involving educators in decision-making and planning; and addressing skills gaps by aligning career and technical education (CTE) programs with in-demand industries and giving programs flexibility to address local labor markets. CTE programs have long enjoyed broad, bipartisan support — they boast a 93 percent high school graduation rate, which is 10 points higher than the overall graduation rate. Click on the take action button and tell your representative to support H.R. 2353.
Tell Congress to fund IDEA fully, not cut it like Trump and DeVos
Over the next 10 years, the NEA-supported bipartisan IDEA Full Funding Act (H.R. 2902) would increase the federal contribution from 15 percent to the 40 percent Congress promised to provide when it passed the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). In contrast, the Trump/DeVos FY2018 education budget proposal would slash funding for IDEA by $113 million — a rollback to pre-2001 levels. The IDEA Full Funding Act would help not only the nation’s 6 million students with disabilities, but public schools struggling to make up for the federal shortfall. Click on the take action button and urge your representatives to co-sponsor and support the IDEA Full Funding Act, not cut it or create private school vouchers.
Cheers and Jeers
Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) for condemning the GOP’s approach to crafting a health bill: “We have no idea what’s being proposed. There’s a group of guys in a back room somewhere that are making these decisions.”
Representatives Jared Huffman (D-CA), David McKinley (R-WV), Tim Walz (D-MN), Dave Reichert (R-WA), Kurt Schrader (D-OR), and John Katko (R-NY) for introducing the IDEA Full Funding Act (H.R. 2902)
GOP Senate leadership for developing a health bill in such secrecy even Republicans are complaining they don’t know what’s in it
Representatives Tim Walberg (R-MI), Joe Wilson (R-SC), and David Roe (R-TN) for introducing the anti-labor Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act (H.R. 2776), Employee Privacy Protection Act (H.R. 2775), and Employee Rights Act (H.R. 2723), respectively