You did it again! House votes to create pathway to citizenship for Dreamers
On June 4, the House passed the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 (H.R. 6) by a vote of 237-187—every Democrat present and seven Republicans voted “aye.” NEA and our members strongly supported the bill, which provides a pathway to citizenship for nearly 2.7 million Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status holders, including an estimated 37,000 educators per the Migration Policy Institute. “The American Dream and Promise Act represents the core principle of welcoming immigrants and their many talents and contributions to our country,” said NEA President Lily Eskelsen García. “They are our neighbors, our friends, our students, and, yes, our peers. They are integral parts of our communities. They are Americans in every way except on paper.” Now, the ball is in the Senate’s court. Email your senators and tell them to support S. 874 and S. 879, the Senate version of the legislation.
Tell Congress to increase education funding in FY2020
This week, the full House is expected to vote on the Labor-HHS-Education funding bill, which would increase the overall federal investment in education by $4.4 billion or 6 percent in FY2020. Specifically, the bill increases funding for Title I and IDEA by $1 billion apiece, Pell grants and other student financial aid by $492 million, higher education by $431 million, and English-language acquisition by $243 million. The bill also provides $40 million for community schools—more than double the amount they now receive. In contrast, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos proposed cutting existing programs by $7.1 billion and diverting $5 billion to a voucher scheme similar to the one Congress soundly rejected during debate on the 2017 GOP tax bill. Click on the take action button to send an email.
Tell your representatives to support the Secure Rural Schools program
Legislation introduced in both chambers (S. 430/H.R. 3048) would extend the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program through FY2020. Another bill, the bipartisan Forest Management for Rural Stability Act (S. 1643), would make the SRS program permanent by creating an endowment fund to provide stable, reliable funding.
Based on federal commitments begun in 1908, the SRS program helps fund public education and community services in areas affected by declining revenue from timber harvests on federal lands. Beneficiaries include over 4,400 schools in 770 rural counties located near national forests across the United States. Click on the take action button to send an email.
Cheers and Jeers
All Democrats present and seven members of the GOP voted for the American Dream and Promise Act (H.R. 6): Don Bacon (R-NE), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Will Hurd (R-TX), Dan Newhouse (R-WA), Chris Smith (R-NJ), and Fred Upton (R-MI).