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Biden’s plan to build back better clears key hurdle

In a major victory for the Biden administration, the Senate voted 67-32 to take up a bipartisan bill providing $1 trillion for roads, bridges, rail, transit, water and other physical infrastructure programs. The biggest federal public works bill in more than a decade, it includes an extension of the Secure Rural Schools program, lead pipe removal, and electrified school buses—all priorities for our members and students.

But the vote to advance the public works bill is just the start of what promises to be a months-long slog. The actual legislation still needs to be written and voted upon in both the Senate and the House.

Next up is a comprehensive budget resolution providing $3.5 trillion for human infrastructure programs, including education and health care, that can pass the Senate with a simple majority of 50 Democratic votes plus Vice President Harris. As it takes shape, we need to keep repeating this message: The legislation can—and should—include NEA priorities such as modernizing school facilities, making education more affordable, providing free school meals for all students, enhancing worker and family protections, and fair taxation that invests in America.


Email your senators and representative and urge them to enact and expand President Biden’s plan to build back better.

42 responses to “Biden’s plan to build back better clears key hurdle

  1. I just read every comment on this page and I am ashamed that I was part of this teaching profession. Every comment on this page appears to come from adolescents who have not yet reached maturity. You all want something for nothing. Not all teachers are idiotic and childish. If you want to have a country similar to the Democrat run, and run down cities of Detroit, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, etc., keep voting like a child who holds their breath to get what they want, when they want it. Not all teachers are as childish as this bunch of “Yahoos”. In fact, the majority of teachers don’t agree with you at all. It’s just not spoken for fear of being called a racist, and every other “..ist” the Liberals can drum up. Grow up and work in the real world and get a taste of what’s really happening before trying to teach our young children. I Love our Country the way it was, not as it is becoming. I like President Trump because he told us what we needed to hear, not what we wanted to hear. President Trump loved our Country and our LEGAL Citizens first. He didn’t owe his soul to China, Russia, Ukraine, or to special lobbyists. United States of America and it’s Legal Citizens first. He tried to take of our own first before trying to help others. Just my humble opinion based on my real life experiences. Just a quick note….I don’t hate Socialist Communist Liberals, it’s just that I think they are a very misguided population rooting for an evil Ideology disguised as wanting to help people.

  2. It is my fervent wish that we all do all that we can to improve our children’s education. That way we all win!

  3. We must build back America stronger than ever before now. This is the year to get America’s priorities on the road to recovery for all zip-codes.

    1. I totally do not support this infrastructure though because most of it is not going to be infrastructure Joe Biden is dead from the neck UPS and is the worst president I’ve ever seen as a teacher I cannot support nea and what you are doing right now

  4. Let’s move forward to a positive future instead of pointing fingers and placing blame. We need to move forward to what is best for the country.

  5. The Congress is NOT doing it’s JOB. We MUST eliminate the Filibuster and get meaningful Legislation passed! Under the current rules NOTHING of importance is getting done. So if you LOVE America we must make these changes to go forward in the 21st Century or we will languish in Political oblivion and get NOTHING accomplished for now or our future!!!

    1. its time that the republicans admit they lost and work with president biden on the infrastructure or resign like mitch mcconnel who has been in office to long

  6. Democracy is our most important issue. Followed by the infrastructure and climate change as very close second issues. Please ACT accordingly NOW.
    Thank You

  7. No matter your political party association, We must repair and maintain our infrastructure as we would our family, church, job, and political preferences. Our form of Government must be maintained daily or we will become a dictatorship or oleography.

  8. The filibuster is keeping Congress from moving forward and passing much needed bills to “Build Back Better” and improve conditions to make our Country better.
    Get rid of the filibuster and get the jobs being held up, jobs sitting on the table passed while you can…There is Much to do…
    Some of these bills were held up by the Grin Reaper McConnell and now we are allowing them to sit on the table…
    WE MUST TAKE ACTION NOW…WE HAVE WASTED ENOUGH TIME WAITING ON BIPARTISANSHIP…
    Don’t You Remember: McConnell Didn’t Wait On The Democrats…They Passed Their Bills Making The Rich Richer…

    1. The filibuster is keeping Congress from moving forward and passing much needed bills to “Build Back Better” and improve conditions to make our Country better.
      Get rid of the filibuster and get the jobs being held up, jobs sitting on the table passed while you can…There is Much to do…
      Some of these bills were held up by the Grin Reaper McConnell and now we are allowing them to sit on the table…
      WE MUST TAKE ACTION NOW…WE HAVE WASTED ENOUGH TIME WAITING ON BIPARTISANSHIP…
      Don’t You Remember: McConnell Didn’t Wait On The Democrats…They Passed Their Bills Making The Rich Richer…

      REPLY

    2. Agree with this statement. The Republicans == for political and financial reasonings = are destroying our form of government. This must be stopped = this fighting over “Who is in power” while disregarding what the fighting is doing to our Nation is tearing us apart. One only needs to study the history of why Nations fell throughout the history of mankind. The people must wake up to what is happening.

    3. YES!
      The republicans rendered the Senate useless during the Obama years by misusing this tool.
      The fillibuster needs to exist for protection of the minority, but its rules must be restructured.
      All filibusters MUST return to the “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” intent of the tool.
      This rule was intended to allow senators with genuine conscientious concerns to weigh in; it should require
      proportional action and effort.

    4. How grim and true are your words. I’m tired of remaining silent and praying that the majority in this country will prevail – spoiler alert, WE are the majority and we MUST previal! Is our democracy so deaf and blind that it can no longer head the cries of the silent majority? We have much to gain and more to loose if we don’t raise the battle cry for the poor and the “common” in this country . . . if fact, the world!

  9. Lock Trump and all of his treasonous, traitor ilk up in solitary confinement forever and throw away the keys. Hurry the hell up already.

  10. We need to start doing things for the average American. We need a fair tax code so that the rich pay their fair share. We have to have a flat tax with no loopholes. This should be the way this country should be run. It’s the way we can make it fair for all Americans, they use to pay their fair share. They get our government to change the way we were taxed year ago, which made more loopholes for big business.

  11. Trump is a traitor to America. Traitor Trump and his cowardly spineless Republicans who enabled traitor Trump belong in jail.

    1. I agree, because there have been too many deaths recorded from his lack of ability to discern ethically. He has 600,000 souls’ blood on his hands, and he simply denies culpability for any of it, moreover, he deflects blame on every level. A truly spineless monster.

    2. The filibuster is keeping Congress from moving forward and passing much needed bills to “Build Back Better” and improve conditions to make our Country better.
      Get rid of the filibuster and get the jobs being held up, jobs sitting on the table passed while you can…There is Much to do…
      Some of these bills were held up by the Grin Reaper McConnell and now we are allowing them to sit on the table…
      WE MUST TAKE ACTION NOW…WE HAVE WASTED ENOUGH TIME WAITING ON BIPARTISANSHIP…
      Don’t You Remember: McConnell Didn’t Wait On The Democrats…They Passed Their Bills Making The Rich Richer…

      The filibuster is keeping Congress from moving forward and passing much needed bills to “Build Back Better” and improve conditions to make our Country better.
      Get rid of the filibuster and get the jobs being held up, jobs sitting on the table passed while you can…There is Much to do…
      Some of these bills were held up by the Grin Reaper McConnell and now we are allowing them to sit on the table…
      WE MUST TAKE ACTION NOW…WE HAVE WASTED ENOUGH TIME WAITING ON BIPARTISANSHIP…
      Don’t You Remember: McConnell Didn’t Wait On The Democrats…They Passed Their Bills Making The Rich Richer…

      REPLY
      The filibuster is keeping Congress from moving forward and passing much needed bills to “Build Back Better” and improve conditions to make our Country better.
      Get rid of the filibuster and get the jobs being held up, jobs sitting on the table passed while you can…There is Much to do…
      Some of these bills were held up by the Grin Reaper McConnell and now we are allowing them to sit on the table…
      WE MUST TAKE ACTION NOW…WE HAVE WASTED ENOUGH TIME WAITING ON BIPARTISANSHIP…
      Don’t You Remember: McConnell Didn’t Wait On The Democrats…They Passed Their Bills Making The Rich Richer…

      REPLY

      1. We must all care for our communities and care for our democratic form of government. There is also an urgent need to address the care of the environment worldwide.

  12. Our future lives within our children and grandchildren. In order for great education to occur, the school buildings need to be modernized.
    In order for children to be ready to learn, good nutrition is a must. We need to invest in our future and the future of our country.

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