October 20, 2017
Tell Congress to invest in students, not cut education funding to finance tax cuts
By a vote of 51-49, the Senate passed the NEA-opposed FY2018 budget resolution that sets the stage for deep cuts in education, Medicaid, and Medicare to finance huge tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest among us. Over the next decade, funding for non-defense discretionary programs would drop to levels not seen since the Hoover administration, forcing even deeper cuts in federal education programs that limit opportunities for students and deprive them of a quality education. We need your help to stop this terrible plan! Click on the take action button and tell your representatives to oppose the Trump tax cuts.
Urge Congress to Pass the Dream Act of 2017
Educators and students from key states — including Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, and Texas — will fly to Washington next week to meet with members of Congress and urge them to pass the Dream Act. In particular, we need to build support among Republicans. This vitally important legislation gives Dreamers — people brought to this country as children — the certainty and permanent protections they 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 representatives and urge them to support the Dream Act.
Cheers and Jeers
Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) for crafting a bipartisan bill with 24 original co-sponsors — equally divided between Republicans and Democrats — that would continue Affordable Care Act provisions that help make health coverage affordable while giving states more flexibility
Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) for opposing the bipartisan agreement on the Affordable Care Act because it would save the law instead of “replacing” it with a new approach that causes as many as 30 million people to lose health coverage