March 26, 2017
Victory for kids! GOP cancels vote on Trump / Ryan health bill
With Republicans divided and every Democrat opposed to the American Health Care Act, the GOP’s “replacement” for the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare), President Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) pulled the bill instead of proceeding with a vote that had twice been scheduled last week. The defeat was a stinging rebuke to the Trump agenda after he ran on a pledge to repeal and replace Obamacare.
NEA strongly opposed the bill because it threatened health care for 36 million low-income children — half the current Medicaid enrollment — and their families. By 2026. the American Health Care Act would have caused 24 million to lose health coverage while providing $883 billion in tax cuts for insurance companies and households with incomes over $250,000, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. Many thanks to all those who sent more than 133,000 letters to Congress opposing the bill.
Educators raise IDEA stakes in Gorsuch nomination fight
Six educators met with their senators and the media to their share concerns about Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, whom NEA strongly opposes. In the midst of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Judge Gorsuch, the U.S. Supreme Court voted 8-0 to reject one of his rulings against students with disabilities, and repudiated his reasoning in the case. Hear Missouri educator Kym McIntosh explain why she believes Judge Gorsuch is wrong for the Court.
Click on the take action button and tell both of your senators to vote NO on Judge Gorsuch, or call them at 1-855-632-1921.
Tell Congress to oppose Trump / DeVos budget cuts
President Trump’s FY2018 budget proposal is short on details, but long on ways to undermine public education. Overall, U.S. Department of Education funding would be slashed by $9 billion — a nearly 14 percent cut. While cutting public schools, including eliminating afterschool programs, teacher training and funding to reduce class sizes, the Trump / DeVos agenda calls for adding billions to private schools. Click on the take action button and tell Congress the Trump / DeVos anti-public education agenda is wrong for students and taxpayers.
Cheers and Jeers
Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) for pressing Judge Gorsuch on his many rulings against students with disabilities
Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) for highlighting concerns about students with disabilities in her opening statement at Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation hearing
Senator Al Franken (D-MN) for submitting for the record NEA’s letter urging senators to VOTE NO on confirming Judge Gorsuch as the next Supreme Court justice.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) for comments at a press conference recognizing NEA’s contributions to opposing Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court.
Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) for her report and presentation at the Center for American Progress: “Real Choice vs. False Choice: The Repercussions of Privatization Programs for Students, Parents, and Public Schools”
Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) for introducing the Reinforcing Education Accountability in Development (READ) Act (S. 623), which builds on current U.S. efforts to ensure equal access to quality education for children around the world.
Representatives Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) for reintroducing the Empowering Students Through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act to improve the timing, frequency, and content of financial counseling to help ensure students have the information they need to make responsible decisions about financing their college education.
President Trump and GOP House leadership for attempting – unsuccessfully – to jam through a health care bill that would eliminate coverage for 24 million people and provide deep tax cuts to the wealthy to do it.